Charlotte Schools Could Close Aquatic Center, Elementary School

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

The Charlotte Aquatic Center opened its doors in 2004. Just 7 years later, it may be closing.

"It's very shocking to me because we have a great facility here," said Adam Jones, aqautics superivsor with the Charlotte Aquatic Center.

Closing the building down would save the district $220,000 annually, much needed money to close the District's budget deficit.

"As much as we need the Charlotte Aquatic Center for some things, we don't need it for reading, writing and arithmetic," said Nancy Hipskind, superintendent for the Charlotte School District.

It's part of the tough decisions Hipskind and the school board are facing given the projected $3.2 million budget deficit they have to fill.

That deficit is coming from a combination of Gov. Snyder's proposed cuts, increases in pension costs, and declining enrollment.

Currently they're proposing a bundle of cuts including the closure of Galewood Elementary School and transportation cuts for some middle school and high school students that live close to school.

But right now they're only up to $2.4 million in reductions, around $800,000 short. It's frustrating for Hipskind.

"This district has been very responsible," said Hipskind. "We have a 9.5 percent fund balance. From the bottom to the top we are one of the lowest paying districts in the area."

And according to Dept. of Education figures, the most efficient district in the tri-county area.

But that all means there isn't much else to cut.

"To be facing this kind of crisis when you've worked hard to be responsible, it's devastating," said Hipskind.

The Board is scheduled to vote on the proposed cuts currently on the table at its meeting on May 9th.

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