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District 833 briefs: A look at the 2019-20 budget, next year's calendar

Calendar for 2019-20

District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus gave a first reading for the 2019-20 school year calendar Thursday, April 12, 2018.

The first day of school for grades 1-9 will be on Sept. 3, 2019, followed by the first day for grades 10-12 on Sept. 4. Kindergarten will start on Sept. 5, with pre-K starting on Sept. 9.

Trimester breaks will take place on Nov. 26 and March 5, with the end of the 2019-20 school year coming on June 3 (pre-K-5), June 4 (12), and June 5, 2020 (6-11).

The 2019-20 will give teachers an extra work day after each trimester while also giving teachers more professional development days, Jacobus said.

A look at the 2019-20 budget

Director of Finance Dan Pyan reviewed some of the larger upcoming projects for the long-term facilities maintenance budget for 2019-20.

With a projected budget of $15,815,500 for facility maintenance, the biggest item will be a $6 million HVAC upgrade at Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park. There is also $3,295,000 budgeted to replace parking lots at the District Program Center in Cottage Grove, Hillside Elementary School in Cottage Grove, Pullman Elementary School in St. Paul Park and Lake Middle School in Woodbury

A budget of $205,778 is projected for health and safety in 2019-20.

Pyan will return at the next Board meeting for approval.

In other news ...

• During the School Board member reports, Chair Tracy Brunnette read a statement from the board regarding the March 15 decision to remove the Park High School Indian mosaic. "The consultation piece we discussed, that occurred in the '90s when they made the chance from Indians to the Wolfpack. They had extensive community conversation and the decision at that time was made," Brunnette said. "Unfortunately, that decision wasn't executed, so now that falls on our lap. There is no governance issue in that particular decision. And I just wanted to mention that this board is supportive of that management decision."

• Meeting watch: Thursday's meeting lasted 2 hours, 3 minutes. All School Board members were present. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the District Service Center.

— compiled by Joe Brown, regional editor