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      Marquette Area School board approves next year's budget

      A new budget of $27 million has been approved for the Marquette Area Public Schools.

      The school board announced Monday evening they expect to save some money next year. Most of the savings are of the results of two teachers retiring and two resignations. The school board said they expect to save $38,000 per position as a result.

      The state has increased MAPS school aid with an additional $155,000.

      "We set a floor of $500,000 to the general fund for next year. That's what we are going to because we tend to have budget amendments throughout the year. So we tend to even plan for the unexpected as this next year comes up," said Brian Cherry, Chair Appropriations Committee.

      In recent years, the enrollment at schools has seen a decline, but this year's budget report indicates a possible future growth.