Schools To Face Further Cuts

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

Stanley Kogut is worried that the cuts to his program are running too high.

"Because of some of the deficits we were going to face, we knew we needed to cut $3.3 million," said Kogut, the superintendent of the Ingham County Intermediate School District, which oversees many of the area's alternative-education program. "That impacted programs in our special ed, general ed, and our career service programs."

Kogut says he cut 20 percent from the district's budget over the summer. The message he's receiving now? That won't be enough.

"Deep down, what's happening in the state of Michigan is, the projections that were used to determine what would be in the school aid fund have come in far less," said William Mayes, director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

More specifically, the state could face a $300 million shortfall in the school aid fund.

Here's how.

-Lawmakers cut $100 million in the education budget already signed into law.

-Michigan has fallen almost $130 million short of tax revenue expectations.

-And the state isn't get a $75 million carry-over it expected from last year's budget.

So what does that mean for our schools?

"It means, come February, we'll probably have a pro rata cut of another hundred dollars," Mayes said.

He added those cuts -- which could total more than $250 per student -- spell substantial losses for athletics and after-school programs. The effect on the state?

"Programs that were held together by string and wax will be cut. Everything is on the line in some districts," Mayes said.

His solution? Same as the one suggested by Governor Jennifer Granholm, and superintendent Kogut.

"When you start cutting to the point where it's hurting kids so bad that they're not going to be able to grow, then we have to figure out some types of revenues."

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  • by Rosanna Location: Jackson on Oct 23, 2009 at 11:18 PM
    Coming from an ex custodian.. I agree with not cutting the schools budgets too. But they do need to think of things to cut that are not absolutely needed. Like in Jackson Public Schools Jeff Huey gets paid to tell people to turn off the lights that's something everyone could do or the head manager of Enviro Clean. He seriously gets paid to push his work off on the custodians. I guess if they cut something it shouldn't be something that will prevent kids from going to school or will prevent kids from getting what they need for a good education. Cut some of the people u don't need.
  • by sorry but- Location: Michigan on Oct 18, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    I really don't know how cutting schools will help.When they say some schools get up to 10,000 per student,I'd say this was rather high.I'd say the schooling program is rather out of hand and some schools need to cut something themselves.It hasn't helped utilities,property tax,gas to run schools buses,and increase in many wages haven't brought up the costs schools have.Many schools have had to add on to make schools less crowed,and insurances they pay for teaching staffs has gone up also.If the government would of stepped up and said these things can't go up on schools,since they help fund schools.We may not be seeing these cuts.Just like if the gov would of stopped UNIONS from getting so many raises for workers and retirement stuff,car prices wouldn't of went up so high and bailouts wouldn't of been needed.Many jobs wouldn't of been lost.The higher wages are,the more people pay.All gov seen was tax money they could blow,more for wars ect.It all goes back to the gov.What they should of.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Oct 16, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    Oh boy. Every news interview i have seen lately concerning schools, the person being intervied always ends up saying something like "We need to find additional revenues" Not once have i heard anything like "we need to reduce expenses" but always "We need more money" The taxpayers have been picked clean, while the governmental agencies keep granting raises and increased benefits. Something has to give.
  • by Shirley Location: Michigan on Oct 16, 2009 at 03:19 AM
    It is time to get jobs into Mi.If not raise taxes.Who or what to raise taxes on is the question.Cutting deep in many areas is NOT the answer.Comments have people fighting on what or not what to do.It's the government that makes the choices.They are the ones that messed things up.Jobs should of been coming in this state every year.NOT leaving this state every year.The government even said they do not offer big money to attract jobs like other states do.Now so many have to suffer because our Mi government don't do a lot of things right.Remember at voting time.ALL people have rights to NEEDED things.WANTED things come when money is there to do so.Jobs should of been there to do all things for all people.Things have changed,like the economy,due to job loss.Social security folks get nothing needed and are expected to live on scraps that won't get them by.So schools must learn to do the same?The gov and the ones favored by them are the only ones that seem to make it.FAIR or NOT FAIR?
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