Lansing School Board President Shirley Rodgers is facing a major dilemma. Gov. Snyder's cuts of $470 per pupil would mean an additional $6 million in lost funding on top of $11-$21 million in deficits Lansing schools were already facing.
"I don't know, to be honest with you, what we're going to do," said Rodgers. "For me it's a Catch 22 situation. I'm supposed to educate to the highest level with no money, and I don't know how any District is expected to do that."
"If you look statewide there are between 40 and 50 districts in negative funding," said Ingham Intermediate School District Superintendent Stanley Kogut. "In our county I believe this will push some over the edge as well."
Kogut points out that there's a key difference between the private sector and education when it comes to budget cuts.
"When you have cuts of this magnitude, you can't just lay people off," said Kogut. " You still have to service students that come through the door."
Teachers and parents at a girls' basketball game in Potterville had different takes on the proposed drop in funding.
"It's just gonna be one of [those] things where everybody's going to have to learn how to trim back," said parent Ryan Garn. "It's going to be across the board and i know it's tough, but we all have to learn to live within our means."
"It's terrible," said Richelle Deo, a teacher at Potterville schools. "They're looking at making classroom sizes larger, they're cutting teachers. It's already down to the bare bones."