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Published January 27, 2011, 09:55 PM

EGF Superintendent Says Pay Freeze Is Good

A proposed pay freeze for Minnesota school district employees might help schools like Crookston and East Grand Forks avoid big budget cuts.

A proposed pay freeze for Minnesota school district employees might help schools like Crookston and East Grand Forks avoid big budget cuts.

Right now a legislative bill proposes freezing pay increases in the next round of employee contract renewals.

The freezes would not only affect teachers, but all district employees, such as bus drivers and custodians.

East Grand Forks Superintendent David Pace said Minnesota schools are used to taking cuts, and this year is no different as Minnesota tries to balance its over $6.2 billion deficit.

He said these pay freezes are better than some bigger cuts.

"Because if we have to start cutting staff that means the pupil ratio goes higher and we might have to look at the elimination of some programs, which we don't want to do," said Pace.

On January 27, the Minnesota House approved $1 billion one billion in state budget cuts, reducing aid payments for local governments, colleges and community health programs.

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