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BEDFORD, MI (Toledo News Now) -
Kleinhans came to Bedford Public Schools in the middle of a financial hardship.
After one month on the job, he shares his goals to turn the district around.
came from a smaller district in Michigan to Bedford knowing the money problems
the district is dealing with. He says the strong reputation of academic
excellence and the desire to turn into what it once was is why he signed on.
been busy since day one.
certainly a challenge," he said. "In the weeks that I've been here, we have
begun to start to tear the budget apart. We're looking at everything within
that budget, looking for ways that we can bring things in line."
deficit elimination plan has led to staffing cuts, program cuts and school
closures for the district. Kleinhans hopes to begin work on a strategic plan
toward the end of this year, with a focus on the budget.
also looking at all facets of the operations, see where we can streamline, see
what we can do, see if there is ways," he said. "Even small pots of money that
can be saved add up to large pots of money if you look at all different parts
of the budget, so that's what we're doing right now."
new superintendent knows the road ahead will be full of challenges, but his
goal is clear.
is a good school district. I want the parents of Bedford to know that," he
said. "It's been difficult, this deficit elimination plan, but I want them to
know that we're going to get through this. There's no question about it."