Red Wing Public Schools

The Red Wing School Board discussed the 2022 budget at their April 5 meeting and the budget cuts have been set at $2.2 million. Reductions have started taking place.

The board’s reconciliation target of $2.2 million will affect the fiscal 2022 school year, but plans are already underway to discontinue positions, reduce supplies and equipment, cut parts of bus transportation routes and more. 

“Over $1 million of the recommended reductions are positions/expenses added due to COVID. The remaining reductions are due to declining enrollment to be in line with our board approved class size targets,” Jackie Paradis, Red Wing Public Schools business manager, said.

Board Vice Chair Jim Bryant warns that if the school doesn’t turn the enrollment issue around, there will be more significant budget cuts for years to come.

“We have experienced declining enrollment for a number of years. With declining enrollment comes loss of revenue,” he explained. “We need the admin team and School Board to work together to get this fixed, instead of just talking about it. Because of this we can not do as we have done in the past. We need to look at more revenue or budget cuts.”

The following positions and budget items will be discontinued, reduced or added. An * notes positions added due to the pandemic.

  • *Discontinue 10 elementary teaching positions

  • Discontinue one elementary media position

  • Discontinue one grades 5-7 reading specialist position

  • Discontinue one high school social studies position

  • Discontinue one high school science position

  • Discontinue one high school math/REACH position

  • Discontinue one high school English position

  • Discontinue one high school family and consumer science position

  • Discontinue one high school physical education/health position

  • Reduce 0.6 high school industrial technology position

  • Reduce 1.6 high school art position

  • Discontinue one high school world languages position

  • Reinstate one positive intervention behavior support coach

  • *Discontinue one elementary dean of students position

  • *Discontinue five elementary general education assistants

  • Discontinue one high school school liaison position

  • *Discontinue 2.5 custodial positions through attrition

  • Reduce 0.1 student services secretary position

  • *Discontinue one elementary secretary position

  • *Discontinue one building nurse position

  • *Discontinue two permanent substitute positions through Teachers on Call

  • Reinstate one early childhood director position

  • Discontinue one preschool coordinator position

  • Add up to two special education teachers and/or coordinators

  • *Reduce health and safety consultant through Meridian to pre-COVID level of service

  • *Reduce substitute pay rate budget by $40,000

  • Reduce custodial supplies, utilities and equipment budget by $71,000

  • Reduce activities supplies and equipment budget by $7,500

  • Discontinue transportation route(s) as warranted

The following teaching contracts are terminated due to nonrenewals, out-of-field positions and COVID-19 budget reductions:

  • Leah Harris, Art

  • Brenda Houck, K-6 teacher

  • Amber Garner, K-6 teacher

  • Abbey Hengel, K-6 teacher

  • Lauren Penney, K-6 teacher

  • Kailey Marek, K-6 teacher

  • Olivia Schafer, K-6 teacher

  • Paul Putt, K-6 teacher

  • Lidia Wallerich, K-6 teacher

  • Deborah Kopp, K-12 media

  • Kelly Ries, social studies

  • Joshua Post, science

  • Patricia Stuhl, math/REACH

  • Carson McGivern, english

  • Tara Duden, family and consumer science

  • Paul Hughes, Project Lead the Way

  • Zacharia Bowers, physical education

  • Dael Babb, special education

  • Susan Brandt, special education

  • Demi Brunkhorst, special education

  • Stacey Hauschildt, special education

  • Melanie Fox, special education

  • Stacy Maki-Pauzauskie, special education

  • Kennedy Mueller, special education

  • Brenda Schmit, special education

  • Emily Kessler, special education

  • Laura Lane, industrial technology

Board member Holly Tauer said, “I would like to thank everyone for teaching in Red Wing and we hope to see you back one day.”

Within the next fews months the board will continue this discussion and make a final draft of the 2022 budget with the $2.2 million cuts included.

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