The Grand Haven school board recently approved combining the district's director of business services and the director of information services positions to save money, as the district faces a $3 million deficit for the next school year.
Superintendent Keith Konarska said the decision will save the school district $100,000 for the year. However, it means losing the district’s current business manager, Donna Bylenga.
Konarska said the tentative plan is for the current director of information services, Lisa Danicek, to take over the day-to-day management of the business department.
The school district will work with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District to fulfill all of its responsibilities. Konarska said nearby school districts — such as Spring Lake, Allendale, Coopersville and Hamilton — have worked with the intermediate school district for some services as a way to reduce their costs.
“With the success of those other models in place, we felt the time was right for us to look at how we could further collaborate with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District to reduce our costs and keep funds in our classrooms,” Konarska said.
The director of business services, or a similar position, has been in place in the Grand Haven district for many years, Konarska said. That role is responsible for developing the district's total budget and supporting budget managers.
The director of information services oversees supporting the district's data systems and reporting requirements.
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