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Multiple teacher cuts are coming

The Cloquet school district is poised to cut 24 mostly teaching positions at a special meeting Friday, April 12, responding to lost revenue and evidence of declining enrollment.

Superintendent Michael Cary outlined the cuts during the school board’s committee of the whole meeting Monday. None of the cuts are tenured teachers, and the nonrenewals will amount to roughly $1.6 million in savings.

The district was responding to the end of what Cary called “soft funds” — grant-related state and federal dollars mostly from the sunsetting of pandemic-era funding.

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