Byron, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Byron School Board approved a plan that makes sweeping cuts to address a recently discovered shortfall in the district’s budget. 

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Byron Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Neubeck earlier this month sent a letter informing the district community of the need to make cuts. 

The letter said the school district’s budget deficit was being exacerbated by rising costs and declining enrollment. 

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The Byron School Board began addressing a plan to cut $2 million in expenses during a study session on May 6. The district then held a forum to gather feedback from the community the next day. 

School Resource Officer Among 22 Positions to be Scrapped by Byron School District

On May 13, the board gave its approval to a plan that scraps 22 positions within the district. 

The positions being reduced are a nurse, School Resource Officer, technical support, four custodial positions, Building and Grounds Manager and two administrative professional/receptionist positions, according to the meeting's agenda item

Byron School District
Byron School District

The other 11 roles, which include three general education teachers and a counselor, will not be filled once the current person in the position resigns or retires. 

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The board also agreed to enact cost-cutting measures that include furloughs ranging from 2-15 days, a reduction in spending across the district, including athletics and supplies. 

Byron School District
Byron School District

Board members also agreed to donate their salaries back to the district.

Byron School District Not Done With Budget Cuts


A presentation board members viewed prior to acting on the motion indicates more cuts could be coming.  

Byron School District
Byron School District

District leaders intend to form a plan to make the final cuts needed to reduce the district’s spending by $2 million. The district could also present an operating levy to its voters this fall. 

The plan was passed on a 5-0 vote. The board is set to give it final approval during a meeting scheduled for May 20.

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