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Up to 22 teaching positions could be trimmed and secondary students will walk longer distances to school under a $2 million budget-cutting plan approved by the South Washington County school board on March 21.
Layoffs could be eased by state aid increases now being considered at the State Capitol.
Officials decided earlier this year that $2 million in cuts were needed in 2013-14 to keep the district’s fund balance within the range of 5 to 9 percent of the total budget.
Transportation cuts will result in school-bus boundaries for middle school students being extended from 1 mile to 1.5 miles from school, leaving anyone living within 1.5 miles to have to walk or arrange a ride.
Boundaries for high school students were extended from 1.5 miles to 2 miles.
High school senior is tops for state in poetry contest
Woodbury High School senior Yemi Ajagbe repeated as state champion in the Poetry Out Loud finals at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on March 18.
She won with recitations of “Give All To Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “I Am the People, the Mob” by Carl Sandburg and “Cartoon Physics, part 1” by Nick Flynn, a South Washington County district news release said.
Ajagbe will represent the state at the national finals in Washington, D.C., in April.
The Minnesota State Arts Board, which coordinated the local event, said Poetry Out Loud is part of a “national resurgence in spoken word as a competitive event.”