Despite the assurance by Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, that “no district under this plan should have to cut a planned expenditure,” more and more school districts are announcing spending cuts as a result of midyear funding reductions that were part of the state’s block-grant funding bill. Two of the latest are the Concordia and Twin Valley school districts, which are ending the school year early to save money. Concordia will release students on May 15 rather than May 21, and Twin Valley will end school on May 8 rather than May 20. Other districts are delaying capital projects, deferring planned purchases and canceling summer school. – Phillip Brownlee
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