SAUK RAPIDS -- The Sauk Rapids-Rice school district is expected to reduce its 2012 budget by about 3/4 of a million dollars when the school board meets tonight.

Superintendent Dan Bittman says the cuts are necessary because of a failed levy referendum.

He says they will have to cut some teachers at a cost of $142,000 plus another $83,000 in other positions.  Bittman says they will also scale back some curriculum improvements from $397,000 to $170,000.

Other cuts will come from supplies and professional development training.

Bittman says there will also be some efficiencies created and there could also be some potential fee increases.

The school board was actively involved in the recommendations and is expected to approve the budget reductions.