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School revenue, expenses on the rise
by Chuck Friedbauer
Feb 04, 2012 | 847 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

District 112 officials have set the preliminary budget assumptions for the 2013 fiscal year. The assumptions as based on a total enrollment of 9,097 students.

Assumed revenue increases include approximately $2 million, due to 1 percent increase in the general education funding formula; one-time compensatory funding; and a literacy incentive plan.

Assumed expense increases include the 3.19 percent increase to the teacher contract approved last fall; slight increases in retirement and other employee benefit programs; and a 3 percent increase in fuel and utilities costs. Class sizes are assumed to be held at their current levels.

The budget process continues with a planned budget adoption at the June 21 school board meeting.

Victoria open enrollment

The school board unanimously approved to allow open enrollment into all-day kindergarten at Victoria Elementary for the 2012-13 school year.

The board had previously closed open enrollment for all grades at Victoria Elementary, along with Clover Ridge and East Union Elementary schools because current enrollment exceeds building capacity at each location.

The action provides the school flexibility to place students into the expected two sections of all-day kindergarten at Victoria if they are not filled by resident students. 

Separate teams

The school board has unanimously given its approval for the district high school athletic departments to pursue independent schedules for cooperative Chaska/Chanhassen teams in both girls hockey and boys wrestling for the 2012-13 school year.

“We are attempting to split our teams as soon as possible, but these two sports have low participation numbers,” said Chaska High School athletic director Troy Stein.

For example, Stein said, he hopes to have 19 girls in grades 9 through 12 available to play hockey for Chaska next year.

“Beyond that, we don’t view pulling up current seventh-grade girls who are not able to skate at a varsity level as appropriate, safe or fair to their development,” he said.

In wrestling, Chanhassen would have 13 wrestlers and Chaska would have 8 if all current participants return. Neither would be able to field half a varsity line-up.

For both sports, Missota Conference athletic directors denied a co-op for next season by a vote of six to two, with both “for” votes coming from Chaska and Chanhassen.

The co-op teams will still play a number of Missota conference teams in their independent schedules.

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