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School board approves FY18 budget

The Lake Superior School District Board unanimously approved its fiscal year 2018 budget during its meeting Tuesday in Two Harbors.

The planned budget shows more than $800,000 deficit for the year, but the budget includes some projected new hires at an estimated placement on the salary scale. All staff were moved up one step on the pay scale and a 12.3 percent in health insurance premiums. It also included an update to the Two Harbors High School science curriculum, the first update to the curriculum since the 1990s.

There are also several capital improvements scheduled for next year, including a new roof section and electrical service at William Kelley Schools in Silver Bay and rekeying all the doors at WKS. Other improvements include a new bus that was on the replacement cycle, new gutters at THHS and field house to stop water intrusion, and resurfacing the gym floor at Minnehaha Elementary School.

The budget forecasted an enrollment of 1,362 students for next year, a decrease of nine, and a two percent increase in state aid funding.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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