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Associated Press, Published April 14 2010

St. Paul considers deep cuts in school programs

ST. PAUL (AP) — The St. Paul school superintendent's plan to further reduce the district's budget by $12.5 million would close a high school, shuffle a dozen other schools and make deep cuts in programs.

The cuts proposed by Superintendent Valeria Silva are on top of $18.5 million in reductions made by the school board last week.

Silva would close Arlington High School and a dozen other schools would share space or move to other buildings. The superintendent would also eliminate middle school sports and cut elementary instrumental music.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the school district is expected to have a budget shortfall of about $27 million caused by rising expenses and an expected drop in enrollment for 2010-2011.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.