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Owatonna school district cuts $1.8M

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OWATONNA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Budget cuts were made in many different spots of the Owatonna School District. Some more than others.  Yes, music and arts were on the list?  But would you believe English class took the biggest hit?

In February a list of budget cut recommendations was presented to the Owatonna school board for Fiscal year 2013.

It needed to cut 1.8 million dollars.

Some adjustments were needed to that draft, and the final recommendations were made in late March.

During the school board meeting at the Junior High, there were some last minute efforts to remove a $150,000 cut from arts and music by Board member K.J. Wall. Along with a $90,000 cut to the gifted and talented classes by Board Member Vicki Jensen.

They were not successful.

Cuts were made across the board... by a vote of 5-2.

English Class lost 1.5 full-time equivalencies (FTE's).

Phys Ed. and Health... 1.17

Both part of a $240,000 cut... contributing to a grand total of $1,820,290 in cuts.

Superintendent Tom Tapper explained Owatonna would see an increase in the class-sizes of some Elementary programs, specifically in music, as a result of reducing the number of classes.

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