Minot Public School District faces impending budget deficit in 2017-'18

MINOT, N.D. - Economic struggles in Western North Dakota are now hitting the schools.

Minot Public Schools may be forced to make some tough decisions come budgeting time, as the district faces a potential multi-million-dollar deficit heading into next school year.

Scott Moum, the business manager for the district, said early numbers show a deficit of more than $2.7 million.

He said it's a combination of the drop-off in tax revenue from low property values, along with nearly $1.4 million in cuts from state aid in the legislative session.

The district is also having to factor in a new English Language Arts Curriculum that will cost $825,000.

Moum suggested the district cut spending on new computers, building maintenance and new school buses.

“This probably isn't the bottom line, I'm telling you that right now. I've never been subject to something like this where you saw local values go down as well as state aid,” said Moum.

Other districts around the state are facing similar shortfalls.

Moum said he plans to have a preliminary budget drawn up by July.