Burnsville High School

Burnsville High School.

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District is looking to close a $10.86 million budget deficit projected for the next fiscal year while minimizing the impact to students.

Various programs and extracurricular activities have been lost to budget cuts in recent years while the district grapples with a sustained declining enrollment trend.

Last year, three schools were closed permanently due to the loss of students.

However, this year’s budget process won’t put district programs on the chopping block, according to Lisa Rider, the district’s executive director of business services.

Instead, district officials plan to spend down district fund balances and apply federal aid to balance the budget.

Approximately $5.71 million is proposed to be covered with fund balances and $3.9 million will be covered with federal aid.

The next round of federal coronavirus relief aid is expected to become available July 1.

Additionally, “rightsizing” adjustments to reflect enrollment decline will reduce spending by roughly $1.25 million, according to Rider.

On April 8, the board of education approved lay-offs for approximately 25 probationary employees and six tenured employees.

“It is with a heavy heart that we find ourselves in this situation,” said Board Director Abigail Alt.

Both elementary and secondary teachers were let go, but district officials say class sizes won’t be increased.

The board’s vote to adopt the 2021-22 budget is scheduled for June 17.