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2017-18 and 2018-2019 Budget Information

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2017-18 and 2018-2019 Budget Information

On April 20, Superintendent Ed Graff communicated the following information to MPS staff and families. The Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education will make their final vote on the 2018-2019 budget at Board meeting on June 12. 

April 20, 2018

Dear MPS Community:
I am writing to share with you that we have met our goal of identifying a separate $6.4 million in budget reductions for the 2018-2019 school year. This action was required when our Board of Education last week directed me to reverse a recommendation my leadership team and I made as part of our effort to eliminate our projected $33 million deficit. We had recommended reducing time allocation funding to middle and high schools by the amount each received approximately two years ago – $6.4 million in total. The board instructed me to find that money elsewhere, without impacting school budgets and without accessing our fund balance.
My team and I continue to stand behind our initial budget recommendations, which we arrived at using an equity lens and that considered the structural changes necessary to create long-term financial and program stability for the entire district. At the same time, I want you to know that even under the pressure of a short timeline, we maintained our commitment to equity and our four core priorities in identifying these additional dollars. Nevertheless, some very difficult decisions were made. 
The implications of these reductions are wide-ranging, but with an eye to limiting service reductions as much as possible. Nevertheless, with this round of additional central office reductions service delivery to schools, staff, families and community may not be as efficient and effective. What I am confident of is that we are all committed to working through this transition successfully on behalf of our students, staff and families.
Our goal now is to present a balanced budget resolution to the Finance Committee on April 26 so that we can meet the scheduled Board vote in June. Any further changes to the budget will create multiple challenges for employees and departments and put at risk finalizing our budget by the legally required June 30 deadline.
We are grateful for the support of our community through this difficult time and thank you for your patience as we move through these changes. We will work closely with the community to respond to any issues that may arise. Thank you.
Ed Graff