budget deficit

GWINN, MI--  The Gwinn School District is taking steps to address deficits and personnel changes. 

School Board President Ashley Jenema issued the following press release Wednesday:

"Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education is moving forward in stabilizing the school district and addressing school budget reduction needs.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Per-pupil aid is going up next school year under the new state budget, but Marquette Area Public Schools will still deal with a deficit. 

Superintendent Bill Saunders says aid is increasing by about $120 per student—or 1.5 percent—but that won’t make up for increases in employee salaries, insurance rates, and utility costs. He says last year also saw a decline in enrollment of about 60 students, as they’re not necessarily staying in the district from kindergarten to graduation.

ESCANABA, MI--   Lower enrollment, higher healthcare costs, and a projected budget deficit are forcing officials to reorganize at Bay College. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder's proposed $75 million for distressed school districts is facing skepticism from the House and Senate. 

Snyder called for the money in his budget address to help the state's 56 school districts that have a deficit.

For schools that project to still have a shortfall by July, their deficit could total more than $242 million. Detroit Public Schools alone projects a $164.5 million deficit.

More MI school districts have deficits

Dec 23, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan education officials say 57 school districts and charter schools had budget deficits at the end of the latest fiscal year, up from 52 at the same time a year earlier. 

The Department of Education reported the figures Friday to the state House and Senate education budget subcommittees.

The report says one of the 52 districts that had deficits June 30, 2013, merged with another district, two eliminated their deficits after fiscal year's end and one charter school closed.