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Perham-Dent school cuts approved; tax increase vote planned in fall

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Nearly 170 district residents packed into the high school cafeteria March 19 as the Perham Dent School board prepared to finalize nearly $500,000 in budget cuts.

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This round of cuts has been the most devastating to programs since the slashing of expenses began last year. After last week's meeting, the total sum of the budget cuts is nearly $1.4 million in the past 12 months. School officials strived to limit the first two rounds to "non-academic" budget cuts--custodial, transportation, supplies, etc.

German class will continue in the high school. A half-time art position will continue in the high school, but art has been eliminated from middle school.

The conclusion of the marathon meeting was ironic. Moments after approving the list of cuts, the board voted to go after more money--to replace some of the very programs that had just been cut.

By unanimous vote, members agreed to begin work on promoting a levy referendum for the November 2008 ballot.

The process of planning for the referendum began quickly, with a "visioning" session, with the public invited, on March 25.

German class will continue in the high school. A half-time art position will continue in the high school, but art has been eliminated from middle school.

The conclusion of the marathon meeting was ironic. Moments after approving the list of cuts, the board voted to go after more money--to replace some of the very programs that had just been cut.

By unanimous vote, members agreed to begin work on promoting a levy referendum for the November 2008 ballot.

The process of planning for the referendum began quickly, with a "visioning" session, with the public invited, on March 25.

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