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Cloquet board anticipates a deficit next school year

Cloquet school board members approved next year’s school district budget with an anticipated deficit of $411,000 — but knowing the district will likely receive $500,000 dollars in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

Finance director Candace Nelis said the CARES funding is not included in the budget, because they just got notification from the state Monday morning of its allocation, and how the district will need to apply for the funds. The money can be spent only on expenditures related to COVID-19; for example, the extra hotspots and iPads the district...