SARTELL — The Minnesota State Legislature voted to put more money into the K-12 education budget, however, the increase in funding won’t be enough to get the Sartell-St. Stephen school district out of a projected budget deficit.

Director of Business Services Joe Prom says the district is still projected to have a deficit of between $450,000 and $500,000 for the budget year starting on July 1st. He says that’s because the district was assuming a two-percent funding increase per year, which is what happened.

For us, it was really more of a relief than anything.  We had budgeted for a two percent increase in the general education basic formula and that’s what we’ll be receiving in the next two

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