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Rochester School Board approves budget for the upcoming year

May 15, 2018

The Rochester School Board approved its 2018-19 budget on Tuesday night. The more than $900 million spending plan adds a number of positions including some for special education, one area the district has been concentrating on shoring up.

There are also additional positions for other areas including bilingual education.

The budget does close what was originally a $65 million gap, and that was accomplished with the help of money from the districts unrestricted fund balance.

Board President Van White is quoted in the D&C as saying he would rather have not taken so much from the fund balance, but felt it was more important to be able to provide services for students.

The budget now goes to Rochester City Council for final approval.