Budget Cuts Inch Closer to The Classroom

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Summer may be in session for students, but for administrators it's crunch time as they're forced to make considerable cuts for next year.

"We are making just over $1.9 million in cuts for the 2009-2010 school year, " said Grand Ledge Superintendent Steve Matthews.

Matthews says they've already laid off two teachers and custodial and transportation staff have had to make concessions.

We are reducing just over 10 positions in the district, some reductions with our paraprofessional teachers assistants in the district, reducing text book and supply accounts," Matthews said.

The Mason School District will also make more than $1 million in cuts, recommending to cut aide positions, field trips and reduce the curriculum budget. Don Wortuba of the Michigan Association of School Boards says districts are doomed for next year by deficits.

"For the 2009 school year which starts in September, we're short some where between $750 million and $900 million," Wortuba said.

Wortuba says no matter how you cut it, classrooms will soon feel the condition of the cuts.

"Now they're looking at teachers, which effect the students directly, they're looking at transportation, which no parent wants to hear about the idea that a school could eliminate transportation," Wortuba said.

"It's tremendously difficult to make these cuts, we're trying to protect the integrity of of the district, we're trying to make sure we maintain our focus on student learning," Wortuba said.

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