The news was grim.
Two elementary schools would be closed. Eighteen of the 29 high school league sports/activities would be eliminated and more than 70 teaching positions would be cut.
If Brainerd School District taxpayers do not support the proposed $5.75 million operating levy referendum on Nov. 6, the district will likely be making its deepest cuts ever, changing not only the face of education here but the impact would reverberate throughout the community.
"I think this is the most monumental decision our community has faced in its educational history," said Brainerd Superintendent Jerry Walseth. "This is reality."
On Thursday the Brainerd School Board met to find out what $5 million in budget cuts in one year would look like if the proposed operating levy failed Nov. 6. They also learned what the tax impact would be for taxpayers if the referendum does pass. Following this meeting, the finance committee recommended that the school board on Monday adopt a resolution calling for the operating levy referendum.
Administrators made a list of recommended budget cuts for board members that would need to be made if the levy does not pass. They recommended $5.5 million in budget reductions to make sure they reduce enough and because they will likely lose open enrollment students if the district loses many of its programs.
(Look in Friday's edition of the Dispatch to see the list of possible cuts.)
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