Cloquet School District can expect a $179 increase in per-pupil funding from the state under an education bill legislators passed as part of the two-year state budget.
The Minnesota House of Representatives and the Senate agreed upon a 2 percent increase in per-pupil funding for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. Of the new revenue, $156 is anticipated to support general education and $22 would support special education, with $1 classified under "other," according to estimates from the Legislature.
At the May 13 Cloquet School Board meeting, Superintendent Michael Cary outlined a $628,300 budget reduction plan for the district without knowing how much it would receive from the state budget. Instead, the district had to project its budget heading into the next school year using informed assumptions.
"What we kind of anticipated to get looks like what we got," Cary said in terms of the budget outcome.
Cloquet is anticipated to receive $10,722 in per-pupil funding for the 2019-20 school year. The district received $10,543 for the 2018-19 school year. In the coming weeks, the district will learn more about how the details of the legislative session will affect the schools.
"It's not like as soon as the legislative session is done you have a completely clear picture of what the changes are," Cary said during the Tuesday, May 28, board meeting. "You just kind of figure those out as you progress through the summer."