Local school district makes budget decisions - WNEM TV 5

Local school district makes budget decisions

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan school district is working through financial issues of its own.

Earlier this year, Saginaw schools submitted a deficit elimination plan to the state to cut millions of dollars from its budget and like Flint schools, that plan also calls for layoffs.

"This is a tough time in education for everyone and we're having to make cuts," said Dr. Carlton Jenkins, Saginaw schools' superintendent.

Jenkins said times are hard but he'll continue fighting for his core principles.

"I think parents need to know that we're going to keep children first in all of our decision-making," he said.

Meanwhile, parents said they won't allow the budget cutbacks to become setbacks for their kids. 

"I wish it could change. I don't know what to do to change it, but he needs to keep doing his learning and getting what he needs to get so that he's not a victim of that," Chris Murray said.

Jenkins said he's doing what he can with the cards he was dealt. 

"We're currently following the deficit elimination plan approved by the state in March," Jenkins said.

Saginaw Public Schools must shrink its budget by $7.7 million in two years. To help with that the state will possibly chip in $2.5 million and the school district will have to layoff 50 teachers in two years. 

"We're having to make some tough decisions right now, but as we continue to do it collaboratively, I'm sure we're going to get to where we need to be, but right now we need people to understand how things are made up," Jenkins said.

If a budget deficit continues, at the end of 2014 the district will be required to submit another plan to the Department of Education.

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