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Budget approved despite mysteries

Esko school board members approved a budget Monday for the next school year that superintendent Aaron Fischer referred to as somewhat “mythical.”

That’s because the budget was created without knowledge of three critical indicators: how much the state is allocating to the school district, final results of contract negotiations with employees, and student count, which Fischer said they usually don’t know for certain until September.

“We had to put in some assumptions because our legislators are again — surprise, surprise — not done, so we really don’t know what the funding will look like,” he to...