Aitkin Public School Board holds meeting on District Finances

Aitkin Public School Board holds meeting on District Finances

December 2, 2020 ---School News - KKIN/KFGI/KLKS/WWWI News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold (12/2/20)

(Aitkin, MN) — The Aitkin Public School District is at a crossroads after the failure of the Capital Projects Levy in last month’s General Election when it comes to their finances. The School Board held a Work Session meeting Monday night to begin steering the District into the right direction of where funds will be coming from to pay for programs and expenses.

Aitkin Superintendent Dan Stifter discussed enrollment playing a factor into the finances of the District.

With a decrease in enrollment, the Capital Projects Levy was brought to the Ballot for Technology and Transportation costs that would go to the tune of $5 million over a 10-year period for Aitkin County residents. Superintendent Stufter mentioned to the Board putting the Levy back on the Ballot in the near future.

Getting the Levy back on the Ballot sooner than later is the route some School Board members wish to take. If not, cutting costs through programs will have to be taken into consideration, which drew conversation at the meeting.

Board member Cindi Hills also spoke on stronger community outreach for the Levy.

If the Board were to proceed with putting the Levy back on the Ballot, deadlines for the April Election are January 13th and February 10th for the May Election.

The Board will have another Work Session on December 14th with their next regular meeting on December 21st.

Aitkin Public School Board Work Session meeting