July 01, 2009 ALMONT — At their June 22 meeting, the school board approved the 2009-10 budget with $149,000 in deficit spending. General fund revenues totalled $13.9 million and expenditures stood at $14.1 million.
"There are still so many unknowns at this stage in the game," Board President Nancy Boxey said, listing things like student enrollment and the finalization of employee retirement packages.
She said it remains to be seen if additional staff cuts will be needed. Earlier in June, the board gave layoff notices to ten teachers—Brandon Bowman, Scott Jones, Michelle Nizich, Breanne Sazehn, Amanda Stegink, Nathan Immekus, Alisha Ams, Tanya Steinhaus, Joseph Tocco and Jennifer Sullivan. Those layoffs were made effective yesterday, June 30.
Deadline for the finalization of the retirement packages was also the end of the month.
On the bright side, the district is pleased they haven't had to trim any student offerings.
"We haven't cut programs, curriculum or activities that directly affect students," Boxey said.
To cover the deficit spending, the school district will dip into their fund balance. The projected fund balance at the conclusion of the 2009-10 school year will be $1.263 million.
In other school board business:
• The board approved 'Pay to Play' fees at $100 for high school students and $75 for middle school students for one sport, but new this year, that fee will be reduced by $25 per additional sport up to three sports per school year.
•They also approved extending the schools' food service contract with Chartwells for another year
•The resignation of special education teacher Dottie Sutherland was accepted.