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Parkston superintendent Shayne McIntosh testifies to a legislative committee Monday in Pierre. McIntosh said his board accurately planned for handling its enrollment decline since 2006 but wasn’t prepared for the 8.6 percent reduction in state aid during state government's financial difficulty in 2011. (Bob Mercer/Republic)

SD schools struggle to patch budgets together after state cut aid

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By Bob Mercer

Capitol Correspondent

PIERRE — The fastest way to reduce financial problems in many South Dakota school districts is to finish restoring the state aid that was cut 8.6 percent in 2011 by the Legislature, leaders for two statewide school organizations told a panel of lawmakers Monday.

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