AUDIO: Superintendent Tim Lutz on the E-12 budget passed at the Capitol

The Minnesota Legislature passed what it has called the biggest increase to e-12 education in the last 15 years, and Superintendent Tim Lutz says while the district is thankful for the increases, in the big picture, the district is still heading into financial trouble.

The 2 percent per-pupil funding formula was increased, and Lutz said that accounts for about 60 percent of the district’s revenue.

Lutz said the legislature increased funding for special education, but there was no funding increase for transportation, an area in which Bemidji Area Schools continue to find shortfalls.

While a new budget forecast has not yet been prepared by district staff, Lutz anticipates the district will go forth with an operating referendum request within the next couple of years.

The district is holding a special school board meeting next week, on Wednesday, July 14, for a referendum discussion.

Listen to the full interview with Lutz below

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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