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Minneapolis Public Schools 2004-2005 budget highlights
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by Doug Mann, 29 Oct 2004, Submitted to the Star-Tribune for publication 28 Oct 2004

Subj:  [mpls] Public Schools 2004-2005 budget highlights
Date:     6/30/2004 1:25:30 PM Central Daylight Time
From:     Socialist2001 (Doug Mann)
To:     mpls@mnforum.org

A few highlights, then a somewhat more detailed summary (from hard copy of the budget approved yesterday):

567.4 regular classroom teaching positions cut since 2001-2002 (program 200, funds 01 & 96)
213.8 teacher positions cut from 2003-2004 to 2004-2005 (program 200, funds 01 & 96)

$30,880,606 of $34,782,581 of cuts in operating budget from 2003-2004 to 2004-2005 came from teacher salaries and benefits (program 200, funds 01 & 96).

Unreserved (undesignated) [slush] fund within operating budget increased by almost $2 million, from $2,408,309 to $4,396,529 [No money to reverse cuts in preschool programs?]

Superintendent pay, not including fringe benefits:
$160,000 (2003-2004) to $200,000 (2004-2005)

Total budget for positions for supt office (020), area supt office (040) and employee relations (164):
$1,894,914 (2003-2004) to
$2,325,440 (2004-2005),
Change: Up by $430,526 (23%)
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SUMMARY
Total Funds for fiscal year 2004-2005: $613,011,216
01 Consolidated General Operating Fund: $388,083,510
96 Referendum: $43,368,920

Local property taxes
Total local property taxes: $109,177,610
Other local: $38,146,657

01 Consolidated General Operating Fund:
Sources: $28,565,017 (local property taxes) + $1,500,000 (other local) + $357,493,493 (state) + 525,000 (transfers)

Referendum: $21,471,432 (local property taxes) + $21,897,488 (state)

Debt Service:
Sources: $52,117,000 (local property tax) + $1,100,000 (other local) + $14,075,000 (state)

Compare to the 2003-2004 budget (01 consolidated general operating + 96 referendum)

*revenue / funding is down by $32,794,361
*expenditures are down by $34,782,581
*Unreserved (undesignated) fund increased by almost $2 million, from $2,408,309 to $4,396,529

*Program 200 K-12 Allocations, regular instruction:
Budget cut by $30,880,606; from $168,151,150 to $137,270,544
213.8 Teaching positions cut (1,309.6 to 1,095.8)
567.4 teaching positions cut since 2001-2002

ADMINISTRATION
Superintendent's office
Superintendent pay: $160,000 to $200,000
Total positions: 8.1 to 4.0
$ for positions $898,000 to $562,669
1.0 Affirmative Action Officer moved to Program 164 (Employee Relations)
1.0 secretary moved to area offices (program 040)
0.8 deputy superintendent eliminated,
1.0 area superintendent added to program 040
1.0 secretary moved to program 280 Contract Alternative Schools

*Area superintendent offices (program 040)
Total positions 7.5 to 11.0
$ for positions $727,671 to $1,155,118
Area supt: 2.0 to 3.0 positions
Principal on spec assignment: 1.5 to 3.0
Secretary: 3.0 to 4.0
Clerical 1.0 (no change)

*164 Employee Relations
total positions: 2.9 to 6.5
$ for positions $269,243 to $607,653

-Doug Mann, King Field
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