Minneapolis, St. Paul public schools hit hard by enrollment declines

Minneapolis, St. Paul public schools hit hard by enrollment declines

Enrollment has tumbled in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts this fall as the two systems work through major redesigns. School board members in St. Paul learned recently the state's second-largest district is down 2,204 students from a year ago — the steepest annual decline in a steady four-year slide. The 6.3% drop translates to $19.4 million in lost revenue, according to Marie Schrul, the district's chief financial officer, who advised board members last week to move to stem the losses and corral costs. This year's decline, she said, "really takes people aback." The board plans to vote next week on an Envision SPPS consolidation plan that would close and vacate five schools, and uproot students and staff members from five others. The action comes amid renewed concerns over …
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