Sioux Falls Public School District’s Proposed 2020 Budget Includes Reductions

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The Sioux Falls Public School District is looking at making some cuts. On Tuesday, we got our first look at the district’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget. 

In a letter explaining the proposed changes, Superintendent Brian Maher said the district will get a 1.8 percent percent increase from the state. In the past, the district could dip into its fund balance to make ends meet. 

“After FY20, that will no longer be an option as the fund balance will dip well below the level recommended by the District’s Finance Action Network — a committee of local financial leaders who has studied the District’s budget for several years,” said Maher in his message. 

So what’s the district planning to do? We went through the 48-page report. Here are a few examples of the proposed changes. 

The district plans to reduce the number of three-year-old children in its Pre-K programs. It’s looking at a new program for struggling readers, known as SIPPS. Middle school students may no longer have education assistants in their CTE classes.  

The Superintendent says the biggest impact will be on the Coordinated Early Intervening Services. 
The district is looking at spending $1 million less on the special education program which helps children from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. 

We’ve reached out to the district and hope to learn more on Wednesday.

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