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Superintendent has an enrollment warning

Cloquet schools superintendent Dr. Michael Cary had an interesting observation he wanted to share with the school board during last week’s meeting.

As the board prepared to hear about the annual audit of its finances at the Nov. 13 meeting, Cary offered a warning about the cyclical nature of school enrollment that can make budgeting a tricky business.

Right now, the district is enjoying very large class sizes at the high school. Older students garner more money per pupil in state funding, so the district is realizing some fatter times than other cycles. But the thing to look out for now are sm...