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Published May 10, 2010, 10:11 PM

MN Schools Affected By State Budget Deficit

It could be a tough year for Minnesota schools if the state doesn't pay back schools the money it’s delayed giving them or puts off paying more money.

It could be a tough year for Minnesota schools if the state doesn't pay back schools the money it’s delayed giving them or puts off paying more money.

Tonight the East Grand Forks School Board talked about next school year's budget, but the school may have to borrow money short-term still for this fiscal year if the state doesn't pay the school the 17 percent of its aid payment it’s delayed giving them.

School leaders are also watching the legislature very close over the next week as the state decides how to make up for the almost three billion dollar budget gap.

East Grand Forks School Superintendent David Pace says, “A lot is going to happen in the next eight days. It's our hope and a lot of the school districts in the State of Minnesota's hope that the legislature gets its job done by the 17th, but it's not looking good, which is going to delay some of those decisions, and it's going to have some negative affects on school districts as we go into the next year.”

The state has also put off giving schools their stabilization payments.

Superintendent Pace says if the state doesn't give East Grand Forks schools their money, they may have to make some short-term personnel adjustments.

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