SLPS could get $240K restored by state for ‘best practices’

Spring Lake Public Schools could receive an extra $240,000 next year for conforming to what state lawmakers are calling "best practices,' said Superintendent Dennis Furton. Schools across the state should receive a $100-per-pupil funding restoration out of a $470-per-pupil cut if they meet certain cost-cutting criteria - such as sharing services with other districts and making employees pay more of their health care costs. Legislators are still working out the details, but Furton is almost certain that the Spring Lake district will qualify.
Jordan Travis
Jun 28, 2011


“We easily can meet three of the criteria,” and the district is working on meeting a fourth, he said.

Lawmakers have defined “best practices” as districts that do the following:
— Have school employees pay at least 10 percent of their health care premiums.
— Show they’re working toward consolidating services.
— Obtain competitive bids for at least one non-instructional service totaling more than $50,000.
— Create a public “dashboard” showing finances and graduation and dropout rates.
— Have the district be the policyholder on its health insurance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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