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Planning with a Purpose

March 14, 2011

Everyday in the media I read or hear about schools across the State of Michigan and the Nation that are facing drastic cuts.  No two school districts are the same.  Even though we all have the same basic goals, each institution has its own unique personality based on the individuals who make up that school community.  Each district uses the shared history of the community when it is time to make important decisions.  Over the next several months our district and community will have to make some very serious decisions.

Based on the information we currently have related to projected revenues and expenses – Saline Area Schools is facing a deficit of approximately $5.9 million for the 2011-2012 school year.  Our overall operational budget is $51.7 million.  This comes after a year where we closed two buildings, settled a concessionary contract with our support staff, shifted support and administrative staff health care to save funds, increased pay to play and activity fees, eliminated administrative positions, and reduced faculty by close to 20 teachers.

We need to get ready to review every option available to again address the projected shortfall.  The next few weeks before spring break provide a time to thoughtfully gather information that will be necessary to make informed decisions in April and May as we prepare our budget to be presented to the Board of Education in June.  Look for community forums regarding the budget in late-April and early-May.

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