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Deadline Approaching for School District to Balance Next Year's Budget

In one more week, the St. Joseph School District Board of Education will need to finalize their balanced budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

Posted: Feb 19, 2018 11:31 AM
Updated: Feb 19, 2018 11:33 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) In one more week, the St. Joseph Board of Education will have to figure out how they are going to balance their budget for the next school year.

Board members will be presented with a balanced budget of $116 million which includes $8.3 million in cuts. 

Money is coming from capital projects, purchases on curriculum and supplies as well as 90 fewer teaching positions and 10 administrative positions cut. 

The board voted to close Lake Contrary and Humboldt elementary schools which made up about $4 million of the cuts. 

Part of the budget cut savings also includes a pay-to-participate plan which would require high school students to pay $50 to participate in each extracurricular activity while middle schoolers would have to pay $25.

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