Pequot Lakes School Board approves 2023 budget

District officials expect to operate with revenues exceeding expenditures in the coming fiscal year.

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PEQUOT LAKES — In its Monday, June 20, meeting, the Pequot School Board approved its fiscal year 2023 budget.

The board is required to approve and submit a budget by Thursday, June 30.

With the proposed budget, the district would operate with a total revenue of $26,283,229 against expenditures totaling $25,563,569.

“Expenses went up a slight amount and revenues went up about $100,000 (since the last budget revision),” Business Manager Heidi Hagen said. “That was mainly due to me reviewing and re-looking at our enrollment and counting in the projection based on a conservative approach … I have created a pupil count more in line with what we are actually seeing, and that increased our overall revenue and state aid by about $100,000.”

The budget was approved by a 6-0 vote.


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In other action, the board:

  • Approved a “Teacher Growth Plan,” intended to enhance an educator’s instruction practices and focus on student achievement.
  • Adopted a resolution designating Superintendent Kurt Stumpf as the district’s Identified Official with Authority. This must be done annually.
  • Adopted a resolution relating to the election of school board members and calling a school district general election.

Seats currently occupied by Derrek Johnson, Dena Moody and Tracy Wallin will be up for election Tuesday, Nov. 8.

  • Approved five donations to the district totaling $2,350, along with six donations to the student activity fund account totaling $16,808.56.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board accepted the resignations of third-grade teacher Hailey Graves, Kid Konnection paraprofessional Brittany Mead-Giberson, middle-level softball coach Jenna Anderson and fourth-grade teacher Melissa Shepherd, along with leaves of absence for high school math teacher Katrina Moody and high school science teacher Lynn Smith.
The board approved the hiring of head girls hockey coach Bryan Boreen, assistant girls hockey coach Jay Hopia, Eagle View Elementary School special education teacher Abelein Dunn, special education teacher Emily Monson and Kid Konnection paraprofessional Melissa Perrine.

Board member Tracy Wallin was not in attendance

The school board’s July meeting was rescheduled to Monday, July 25.

Dan Determan, sports writer/staff writer, may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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