By Ted Lammi 

Carlton school board cuts staff, band program for next year


February 23, 2024

Superintendent Donita Stepan asked the Carlton school board to downsize staff by more than four full-time positions, including three teachers, during Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Included in the cuts were one full-time position at South Terrace Elementary and the band program at the middle school/highschool.

Declining enrollments and the accompanying decrease in revenue from the state have driven the retrenchment. In her remarks on the issue, Stepan pointed to the unassigned general fund balance — which should be kept to at least 16 percent of expenditures, according to district policy. At...

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