St. Paul schools plan budget-cutting overhaul

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul public schools are announcing a money-saving overhaul that would end citywide transportation for most of its students, close three elementary schools and shut down several magnet programs.

The Star Tribune reports Superintendent Valeria Silva presented the plan Tuesday morning. It's called "Strong Schools, Strong Communities" and puts a focus on community schools.

For example, more than half of its high schools will become community schools, drawing most of their students from the surrounding neighborhoods.

The changes are driven by a $20 million budget shortfall.

The school administration will present the plan to the school board next week. If approved, the plan would be implemented over the next four years and can be modified by the board if projected enrollment figures or the district's budget changes.