By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
Parents in the Flint School District are wondering when the cuts will stop.
"What do they do have? What are they going to have? So it's looking very grim for our kids in our schools," exclaimed Flint graduate Erick Long.
On Wednesday night was seemingly another blow. The district still struggling with nearly $19 million in debt. At the Flint School Board meeting, 41 administrators - that's all of them - were pink-slipped.
"We tell them that there is an intent for non-renewal of their contract for the 14-15 school year," said Flint Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins.
That does not mean all 41 of them will lose their jobs. It's something the district does when it expects layoffs will be necessary, but the number of cuts are not yet known. By contract, anyone being laid off must be given notice.
"I think as a board, our job is to protect the district, and that's what this is about, protecting us," said school board member Roneeka Pleasant-Brown.
It gives the district flexibility to cut if cuts are in fact needed. That is something Watkins said is likely this year as the district waits for its student count numbers.
"We're driven by a deficit elimination plan, and we have to make sure we're in line with our deficit elimination plan and make sure that what we said we're going to do in the deficit elimination plan is adhered to," said Watkins.
"I feel like they should be putting more money in, but they're taking more money out, and they're starting with our administrators and our teachers. What are the kids going to do? Who is going to be there for the kids if they keep cutting, and cutting, and cutting?" said Flint parent Jamise Lang.
The Flint School District has a deficit of more than $10 million that has caused it to put together a deficit elimination plan and submit it to the state. The district also owes more than $8 million to the Genesee Intermediate School District for misspent millage money.
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