GHAPS may cut 18 full-time positions

Rising costs and a cut in state aid have Grand Haven Area Public School staff looking at ways to take the blow, including potentially eliminating 18 full-time positions. District officials are considering ways to cover a cut in funding that could be as much as $6 million for the 2011-12 school year, said GHAPS Superintendent Keith Konarska. This cut would be absorbed by using $4 million of the district's fund balance and by cutting more than $3 million from the budget, he said.
Jordan Travis
Apr 25, 2011


This would mean that the district would have to eliminate 18 full-time positions, Konarska said. This move alone would save the district $1.69 million. The majority of these would be handled by not replacing the 12 employees set to retire before the new school year. Class sizes would increase by an estimated one or two students per class as a result.

Remaining staff cuts would come from all areas, including administrative, support and professional staff, Konarska said. The district is also looking at where job duties can be combined among its non-professional staff.

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



$1.69 million divided by 18 employees equals $93,888 per person. Holy cow! What a sweet deal being a school employee. That's more than an auto worker makes.

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Only because Auto Workers have to get unemployment the month they have off in the summer...


Teachers here are paid for 12 months as part of their contract,yet they get summers off. There is no need for "unemployment" in the summer. Ridiculous.


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