Declining enrollment prompts cuts


With enrollment at Maple Lake Public Schools on track to hit a 20-year low by the 2014-15 school year, the school board on Monday took the first step to cut about $242,000 from the budget. Those cuts would reduce the district’s overspending to somewhere between $297,000 and $344,000, Superintendent Mark Redemske said.
“We were shooting to cut about $250,000,” Redemske told the board. “We got to the point where we said, ‘Where else do we go; what else do we cut?’ There’s always a lot of emotion tied to this. We try to be as objective as we can. It’s not easy for us, either.”
The motion, which passed unanimously, followed recommendations from school administration, which eliminates one bus route and the mid-day kindergarten route in addition to staff reductions. At the May 12 meeting, the board will vote on a motion regarding specific staff members. Tenured staff members will have an option for a hearing and cuts will be made final at the June 9 meeting.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.