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More cuts could come to Saginaw school district

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

One local school district was looking to save some money as they met Wednesday night to discuss the budget.

The Saginaw school system already closed three schools for good this week.

Saginaw school district officials say they may have a balance of nearly $1 million in the general fund.

The Saginaw school district is about to close the books for the current fiscal year, and Wednesday's meeting provided the public's first outlook for the upcoming one.

"Actually, the district is a little bit ahead of where we projected we would be at the end of the year in terms of our deficit," Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins said.

Jenkins still foresees additional cuts coming to the district in the 2013-2014 budget.

Plans include the layoff of 31 teachers, a $150,000 cut to the athletics budget, the reduction of kindergarten aides and media specialists, and nearly $200,000 in utility savings from closed buildings.

Cheryl Merrill is getting a bit fatigued when it comes to everything being on the chopping block. She is chapter president for the union representing 140 district support staff.

Merrill says this budget cuts 40 of those positions. 

"It makes me feel very concerned because we have a lot of people out there that lose their jobs," said Merrill.

Jenkins says those sacrifices haven't gone unnoticed and they never will.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed 2013-2014 budget next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Immediately following that hearing, the finance committee will vote on whether to send it to the full board.

If everything goes as planned, the school board could vote whether to approve the budget the next day.

WNEM has also learned the Saginaw school district is projecting a 3-percent drop in the number of students next fiscal year.

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