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Budget slashes in Imlay district


Board makes tough job cuts in face of looming 'economic crisis'



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April 29, 2009
IMLAY CITY — Projecting a $1.5 million deficit for the coming school year, the school board on Monday night approved a series of budget cuts including the elimination of six teaching positions.

Due to be cut from the payroll will be one kindergarten teacher, two teaching positions at Borland Elementary, one middle school teacher and two teachers from the high school. The middle school librarian position will also be slashed.

Business Manager Amy Swantek said of the 12 teachers who will likely accept an early retirement incentive, only two will be replaced.

Those instructional cuts total $567,000 in savings.

An additional $478,000 in savings will come from replacing a dean of students with a building manager ($32,000), eliminating the athletic trainer position ($48,000), slashing a special education aide ($19,000), cutting a shared Venture/High school custodian (one position, $30,000), increase funding from lunch fund by cutting custodian position who transports food ($29,000) and approximately $320,000 in line item reductions.

Those cuts will total about $1,045,000. The district will then dip into their fund balance for more than $489,000 to cover the remaining deficit estimate.

Swantek said that as of June 30, 2010, Imlay City's fund balance will then stand at $2.8 million.

"We are in an economic crisis," Superintendent Gary Richards said before the board voted unanimously to approve the budget cuts. The proposal was reviewed and recommended to the full board by budget committee members.

The district will need to dip into their fund balance at the end of this school year. As of February, the district estimated they'll need $668,000 to balance the 2008-09 budget.

Friday, April 24, was the deadline for teachers to commit to the early retirement incentive. They have until May 1 to withdraw their names if they so choose.

Teachers who've been at Imlay City for more than ten years were eligible for the $40,000 buyout offer which will be paid out over five years.

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