Cuts Imminent for Schools

By: Katie Kim Email
By: Katie Kim Email

"Biding time is not really working for us," said East Lansing School District's Superintendent David Chapin.

And time has nearly run out for Chapin. He, along with the school board, will decide on deep midyear cuts to account for what Chapin calls an "unprecendented" budget deficit.

"It could require layoffs of teachers. It could require notification to students and families about bussing," Chapin said.

School cuts aren't as large as initially thought. But East Lansing schools are still looking at a $1 million shortfall, which could mean potential cuts to custodial staff, librarians, athletic and music programs.

"For me to be in front making these recommendations that really philosophically I don't support, our school board doesn't support, but we have an obligation to the student body and the community to maintain the integrity of the school district," said Chapin.

William Mayes, Executive Director from the Michigan Association of School Administrators said the future for districts across the state looks bleak.

"The bottom line is there comes a point in time when it affects student programs," said Mayes. "That's happening right now, this year. And next year it will be even greater."

Mayes said the bottom line is for the state government to reform and find a stable revenue source.

"Michigan needs to sort out how to find a stable funding source not just for education but for all of its services," Mayes said.

No matter what gets cut, administrators agree that it'll hurt.

"We know how critical a good teacher in a classroom is, so we try to protect those as much as we can," Mayes said. "But every cut that you make, when you cut privatized custodians, that affects your community. These are community members."

Whatever is decided at the school board meeting Monday night, the cuts need to be implemented by Jan. 25. Many districts need to make a decision, so they can plan for their next fiscal year.

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  • by bonnie Location: Mi on Dec 18, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    There was different types of taxing that went for schools.Guess it got cut and spent on other things.Who is at the top running schools in each county needs to show where a lot of money went.What is going to happen to schools all over MI is going to effect education in ways that will hurt this state and cause a lot more job loss.Wait till the next budget,schools may get cut more.Not enough jobs,not enough tax money.More will be on the welfare deals,that causes more poverty.People who can't spend in Mich except for needed items,will cause even a worse economy.What happened to MI? Do we have any future?If we raised the tax on alcohol,we'd see a lot of money?They don't want to do that.Money taking care of money.Can't smoke in bars soon,How many of them will go under?Tax loss in so many ways in Mi.Does any one in upper gov have a brain?Killing a state is not smart.Tax bottled water a little,tax alcohol higher,You did tobacco.Take some pay cuts in upper gov,Get jobs in Mi! ! ! ! !
  • by local on Dec 15, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    The lottery money goes to schools, but then they cut the general fund allocation by the same amount. It is a big boondoggle. Why are we so resistant to taxing bottled water or services to fund education? Is it more important to have bottled water be 2 cents cheaper, or to have an education system we are proud of?
  • by niok Location: okemos on Dec 15, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    Once again, I have to ask......where is all the money from the lottery??????? I think it's lining someone's pocket.......
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