Winona Area Public Schools is preparing to make roughly $2 million in cuts for the 2018-19 school year — part of the district’s ongoing effort to improve its increasingly grim budget situation.
On Tuesday, Winona school board members began talks around establishing a process and timeline for the cuts, which, if the board follows last year’s procedure, will be made next spring after feedback from district staff and a budget reduction committee.
A change to the state’s school funding formula — on which the state Legislature would have to vote — could give WAPS several hundred thousand dollars of additional revenue, preventing at least some of the cuts.
Board members have not indicated where the cuts might come from — only that they’ll be painful for a district that’s already stretched thin following $1.5 million in reductions last spring.
The district is hoping that its upcoming facilities referendum will eventually bring in $1.1 million in annual savings, which could stabilize the district’s budget long-term.