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Increased enrollment and revenue at RPS

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A jump in enrollment at Rochester Public Schools means more revenue and a brightened outlook at the schools financial future, according to numbers released at the school board meeting Tuesday.

The meeting at the Edison building was full of good news for board members facing a tough financial outlook.

The school saw 361 new enrollments this year, and that means big money for the district.

The numbers released Tuesday come from the 2012-2013 budget update, and the additional enrollment provides a 3 percent increase in revenue for the school.

That revenue means the board can balance the budget for the current school year, and it may even mean a small surplus.

The increased revenue also puts the deficit for the 2013-2014 school year at just over $5 million.

And board members voted to not make any budget cuts to bring that number down.

The money to make up that $5 million will come from the balance in the school's general fund.

The board clarified that this doesn't mean there definitely won't be any layoffs in the next school year because changing needs may cause a need for changing staff -- by laying off some people and hiring new people.

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