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Early budget forecast is comparatively rosy


March 26, 2021

In contrast to last fall’s “doom and gloom” budget forecast, Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary was almost optimistic about the revised budget numbers during Monday’s Cloquet school board meeting.

It helps that the state budget office recently predicted a $1.6 billion surplus, swinging from a predicted $1.3 billion deficit.

Cloquet school district finance director Candace Nelis walked board members through the revised figures and predictions for the next school year. She based next year’s numbers on pre-Covid numbers for last year, along with averaging kindergarten numbers and co...

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