Local district faces $800K deficit

Fruitport Community Schools will be operating in the red in the upcoming year.
Krystle Wagner
Jul 7, 2014


The district is projected to have a nearly $800,000 deficit for the 2014-15 school year.

Superintendent Bob Szymoniak said the district has experienced a deficit for the past five years, and their goal is to have a balanced budget by June 2015.

The board recently approved a budget of about $28.5 million in revenue and $29.3 million in expenses. Szymoniak said the district is looking at a combination of continued cost-saving measures and concessions during contract negotiations.

The district’s current fund balance sits at about 7 percent, or about $2.2 million. Szymoniak said the district chooses not to reduce its fund balance any lower as state lawmakers are considering measures that would put concessions on districts dropping below a certain threshold. One concession could mean districts would have to increase reporting to the state’s Department of Treasury.

“We can’t decrease that fund balance any more,” the superintendent said.

The district is in negotiations with bargaining units including administrators, teachers, clerical staff, instructional assistants, food service and transportation staff, and a group not represented by a union.

Gov. Rick Snyder recently approved a $15.8 billion educational budget that boosted funding for Michigan’s public schools. Szymoniak said although the per-pupil funding increased, other funding items received cuts.

Recently, Grand Haven and Spring Lake school boards approved balanced budgets for the 2014-15 school year after deficit spending in previous years.

Szymoniak said they hope this is the lowest they will go and they plan to make a comeback in future years.

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Let's start with Bob's salary. $123,000 base plus $8,758.58 for FICA, $14,165 for health insurance or CASH IN LIEU, $30,167 into his Retirement fund, plus a few other odds and ends comes to $179,297.42 TOTAL COMPENSATION for 260 contract days.


Great point!


How many $$$/student?


If my math is correct, that's almost $700 per day.

Not bad!!


Start the cuts with administrator pay, working from the top down. Raise business taxes then property taxes.


just thought of something, what about putting the school employee,s on part time, like Miejers and Walmarts and many others


I think that would be a great idea if they paid the staff OT for all the after hours the staff works during the school year. They could also pay the teachers for all the supplies and activities the teachers pay for out of their pockets so the students really have something.


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