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Rochester School Board will vote on budget cuts Mar. 1

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester Public School (RPS) board will vote on budget cuts March 1.

RPS needs to cut $5 million from its own for the 2011-2012 school year.

The board met Tuesday night to further discuss the cuts. The board asked Superintendent Dr. Jackie Silver to give a revised set of budget cuts that reached $5 million.

The new revisions included reducing fund support for six activities, 5 boys' sports and 6 girls' sports. It would save about $300,000 per year. The alternative would be to increase athletic fees to $100 and activity fees to $25.

The newest recommendation also included closing down two high school pools. It would save $40,000 a year.

On February 1, Dr. Silver gave her first set of recommendations to the board.

She suggested a combination of cuts that would reach $3.5 million dollars ($722,000 in cuts and a one-time use of $2.9 million in federal dollars).

It would leave out staff development cuts of $1.4 million.

Dr. Silver recommended using money from the district's reserve budget to cover the $1.4 million.

The vote will take place in the Edison building on March 1.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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