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School board approves preliminary figure for cuts

The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board approved $236,000 as a starting figure for upcoming cuts in the budget at their January meeting Tuesday night in the Elementary Media Center.

A final decision on the amount the district will cut must be approved by the board in February.

The school district is anticipating a number of retirements at the end of the 2010-11 school year. According to WDC Business Manager Jerry Anderson, each retirement could save the district $15,000-$21,000.

The budget cutting has been anticipated for more than a year. Last year, the school board made $428,080 in cuts. The school will begin to receive an additional $700,000 in operating levy money this year. Voters approved an operating levy increase in November 2009.

The board welcomed

Miranda Nelson, who has been hired as a secondary math teacher. Nelson is from the St. Michael-Albertville area and is a recent graduate of Bemidji State University.

The board also approved the 2011-12 school calendar and gave a green light to the posting of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) director for the 2011-12 school year.