Schools have seen a reduction in state aid recently, and now face cuts. They
held a meeting Wednesday night to call the public to action.
Jon White asked parents to write to Michigan senators, congressmen, and other
them we need our funding restored," White said. "Without the state's
cooperation, we're at a loss."
said the district's funding has been reduced to the amount they received during
the 2005-06 school year, but their expenses have continued to rise. In order to
make up the difference, he said they will have to make staffing cuts, and
possible close a building, as well.
wants to see that happen," said Christina McCloud, a concerned parent. "All of
our students have formed bonds throughout the year with each other, with their
teachers, with the building."
said that although she is concerned with the way the district may change, she
also understands the pressure the school district is under. The school board
listened to parents' concerns at the meeting, and will take them into
district has already had to eliminate one school resource officer, but they
assured parents that they are taking other precautions to keep schools safe,
said that although they are limited because of reduced funding, the school is
using contract deputies – officers from the Sheriff's office who stop by on a
random, but regular basis.
have also made changes to the school entry system.
now have what are greeters at the doors," he explained. "These greeters are not
volunteers, they are paid, but they are not uniformed guards or security
people. We have all of our [exterior] doors locked, and a person who wants
entry into our building must go through the greeter, must be screened visually,
and then admitted to the school."