GHAPS school board adopts budget, avoids teacher layoffs

Members of the Grand Haven Area Public School board adopted a budget that avoids teacher layoffs and curriculum cuts despite a $470-per-pupil cut in state funding. The budget, approved Monday, includes spending $58.6 million on operations. Per-pupil funding will shrink to $7,234 - about same as funding levels from the 2005-2006 school year, according to Donna Bylenga, GHAPS director of business services. Despite these setbacks, the district avoided teacher layoffs because several teachers retired at the end of the school year.
Jordan Travis
Jun 25, 2011

Some remaining teachers were reassigned to different classes, Bylenga said.

“By doing that we were able to put all the teachers into a spot, so we didn’t have to lay off in the professional side,” she said.

Cuts were made in other areas, including the layoff of at least one member of the district support staff and the reduction of hours for some of the others, Bylenga said.

The school’s discretionary budget was also cut by 10 percent.

Due to funding cuts, the district will also spend $3.4 million out of its fund balance. This will reduce the balance to slightly more than $5.4 million, or 8.8 percent of the district’s expenditures. While it’s not unusual for the district to spend money left over from last year, Bylenga said the district has never had to spend such a large amount.

 

Read more of this story in today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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