• In November 2018, the Sartell-St. Stephen School District operating levy vote failed. Funding from the Levy for Learning would have provided needed revenue for programming at all schools and the operational costs of a new high school. As a result of the failure, the school district must make budget adjustments (cuts and revenue) for the 2019-2020 school year.

    The school board takes its fiduciary responsibility seriously and has declared in board policy that our General Fund balance (district savings account) will stay above 10%.  The District uses this fund balance to provide programming for students when expenditures have been greater than revenue.  Without budget adjustments, the District's budget will deficit spend by $1,750,000 in 2019-20 causing the fund balance to fall below 10%.

    The school board has directed the administrative team to present expense reductions or revenue increases of at least $1.25 million.

    Even with the budget adjustments suggested, the District anticipates deficit spending for the 2019-2020 school year by approximately $500,000. This means we will utilize more of our general fund balance but still keep the balance within the 10% policy guideline.  

    These budgetary adjustments are painful but are necessary in light of our current budget situation. The Sartell-St. Stephen School District has a strong academic reputation and we do not want these reductions to have a significant impact on students. Our school district also has a long tradition of making do, but we must have additional revenue to continue our tradition of excellence.

    To meet this need, the School Board will be studying another operational levy vote for the fall of 2019.

    All reductions are from the General Fund and are spread throughout the district including activities, transportation, K-12, administration and technology.

Balancing Our Budget - Recommendations

  • Transportation

  • Administrative

  • Activities

  • Custodial

  • Teacher Retirements

  • Certified Positions

  • Non-Certified Support Staff

  • Technology

  • Curriculum and Non-Personnel

  • District Needs on Hold

Long-Term Reduction/Revenue Possibilities

    • Estimated 10% class size increase
    • Implementing up to a 2 mile walk zone
    • Leasing District Service Center
    • Reduce Middle School activities & athletics

March 4 Presentation: Budget Adjustment Recommendations

Contact Us

  • Jeff Ridlehoover
    Sartell-St. Stephen Schools

    Joe Prom
    Director of Business Services


Process & Timeline

  • April 15, 2019
    Regular Board Meeting - revised budget adjustments approved

    April 11, 2019
    School Board Work Session to discuss budget adjustments

    April 8, 2019
    School Board Special Meeting to approve budget adjustments - no consensus reached

    March 18, 2019
    School Board Work Session to discuss budget adjustments

    March 11, 2019
    School Board Work Session to discuss budget adjustments

    March 4-15, 2019
    District Administrative team presents recommendations to staff at each school site

    March 4, 2019
    District Administrative team presents recommendations for budget reductions/revenue to the School Board

    February 19- March 1, 2019
    District Administrative team and Building Principals discuss various options for budget reductions/revenue

    February 13, 2019
    Joe Prom, Director of Business Services, presents a session on Understanding School Finance

    February 5-19, 2019
    District Administration seek staff input for budget reduction/revenue increases

    February 4, 2019
    School Board sets budgetary target

    January 2019
    Presentation to Board with the anticipated budget shortfall

    November-December 2018
    Community Listening Sessions regarding failed levy vote

    November 2018
    School Board and District Administration seek staff input regarding failed levy vote

    November 2018
    Levy vote fails 

Last Modified on March 17, 2022