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The South Washington County school district faces a budget shortfall of as much as $8 million during the 2015-16 school year. The school board agreed on a balancing plan that calls for the use of more than $3 million in reserve funds and about $4.7 million in cuts.

Some cuts would be achieved through moves including:

• Raising the staff-to-student ratio by one, thereby eliminating 25.5 full-time-equivalent (FTE) positions, at a savings of $1.4 million.

• Suspending bus purchases for a year, at a potential savings of $700,000.

• Eliminating world language at the elementary schools, thereby saving $550,000.

• Cutting the nursing staff by two FTEs to save $110,000.