LITTLE FALLS -- Little information is available in regard to a leave involving a Little Falls Community Schools administrator.
Superintendent George Maurer said today that Chuck Herdegen, director of support services, was placed on leave Jan. 28. He would not comment as to what type of leave or who requested and/or approved the leave. Maurer said no action has been taken by the school board.
"It's a leave," Maurer said. "That's all I'm going to say."
As director of support services, Herdegen oversaw the transportation, food service, accounting and buildings and grounds departments.
Herdegen said today that there isn't much that he can comment on at this time in regard to the leave. He said though that the leave is involuntary and that he was informed by school administration of the leave on Jan. 27. He said he was placed on leave until further notice.
"I'm really up in the air about what's going on," Herdegen said.
He has been employed with the Little Falls school district for the past 14 1/2 years.
Regarding school finances, Maurer said the general fund and reserve accounts have been dropping the past several years. The school district budget is $24 million. The district has $600,000 remaining in general fund reserves. Maurer said the district has borrowed money for cash flow purposes.
He said $600,000 to $700,000 in cuts were made this year and that cuts will be looked at for next year as well.
Tom Koop, a principal partner with the accounting/auditing firm of LarsonAllen in Baxter, said the Little Falls fund balance is definitely lower than what he would recommend.
He said many school districts are struggling with finances right now. He said Little Falls has spent down the fund balance at a rapid rate and the district needs to match expenditures with revenues.
This is the first year the Baxter firm has audited the Little Falls School District books.
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