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posted Feb 3, 2016, 6:29 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Feb 3, 2016, 6:30 AM ]

Next Year’s Budget Planning Includes Cost Reduction

4% or about $3.3 million from projected $87 Million 2017 General Fund/Unrestricted Costs

   Increased funding from the State, approved in 2013, has helped school district General Fund revenues keep up with expenses for nearly three years.  It has provided a much needed reprieve from nearly two decades of annually reducing General Fund costs to achieve a balanced budget.

   Funding has helped contribute to curriculum updates, investment in staff training, maintaining competitive teacher and staff contracts and more while maintaining a balanced budget.  

   As district leaders review preliminary figures for fiscal year 2017 General Fund/Unrestricted budget planning, revenues are projected to be lower than expenses.  Part of the budget planning process for FY 2017 will include reducing the projected $87 million General Fund costs by about $3.3 million (about 4%) in order to maintain a balanced budget.

   It's expected that Education Levy investments in managing class size, supporting student achievement and updating curriculum will remain in place for next year.  District, school and teacher leaders will be looking primarily for costs outside the classroom and those that would have the least impact on the classroom.

   The School Board approves any necessary adjustments to next year’s budget in March; a final budget is approved in June per State Statute.  The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2016.

   Information regarding the budget process will be available at and shared through regular ISD 709 News communication venues.


Duluth East Theater Students Advance to Sections!

   The Duluth East One Act Play Contest submission "Dear Finder" will move on to MSHSL Sections in Cambridge, MN this week.  This award-winning documentary play about the Holocaust was performed at Duluth East High School thirteen years after its premiere performance at UMD. 


2016 Kindergarten Roundup March 16 – April 1

   Kindergarten Roundup is a time to visit school, meet the teachers and principal, and register your child for the September 2016 school year.  Click here for a complete list of dates, times and more information.


2016 Hockey Day Minnesota – February 6

   Hockey Day Minnesota activities take place Saturday February 6 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. 

8:00AM - Gates Open 

10:00AM - Denfeld vs. Eveleth-Gilbert

1:00PM - Duluth East vs. Lakeville North

4:00PM - Wild Sled Hockey

5:30PM - PeeWee AA: Duluth East vs. Stillwater

7:00PM - Duluth Police vs. Duluth Firefighters

 Details and ticket information at:


Funds Available for Creative Classroom Ideas/Projects: DPS Endowment Grant – Due March 1, 2016

   The Duluth Public Schools Fund annually reviews proposals and recommends grant awards (ranging from $500 to $2,000) for projects by teachers that encourage creativity and innovation in the classroom. The fund is managed and invested independently through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
   Since its inception, the Fund has awarded over a quarter of a million dollars in grants to nearly 100 teachers, principals, and specialists improving learning experiences for students.   Applications are due March 1, 2016.
For detailed information about how to apply and application forms:
To see previous creative projects that received a DPS Fund Grant:


Once a Week, Take A Peek

   Head lice can be an uncomfortable but common issue among children.  An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year among U.S. children 3 to 11 years of age. Head lice do not carry diseases.  Personal hygiene or household or school cleanliness are not factors for infestation. Lice do not jump or fly; they only move by crawling. They spread mostly by direct head-to-head contact. 

   As a matter of routine, families should check their child’s head regularly for signs of head lice - especially elementary school-age children.  

   If head lice are found in your child's hair or scalp, please talk with your school nurse, pediatrician or family physician to get appropriate care.  There are a number of new prescription treatment options that are safe and easy to use.  There's no scientific evidence that home remedies are effective treatments. 

   Head lice are a nuisance but manageable.  Remember – Once a Week, Take a Peek!

   Check the MN Department of Health for more