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Ann Arbor school officials have given state lawmakers a laundry list of ideas for specific action to assist public schools and the way they are funded. And they have made it clear how angry they are about the state proposal to shift $900 million from the School Aid Fund to higher education. The School Aid Fund has always been used solely for K-12 schools funding, but proposals this year would change that. Trustee Andy Thomas called the matter ‘a gross violation of the public trust,” during a May 6 forum.
During a budget forum Monday, Interim Superintendent Robert Allen shared proposed reductions for the 2011-12 budget and said that the district will host a May 6 session with school board members and state legislators at Pioneer High School starting at 5:30 p.m. A second budget forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Skyline High School.
Sessions are scheduled for Monday, April 25 in the Pioneer High School Cafeteria Annex and on Thursday, April 28 in the Skyline High School commons area; both meetings start at 6:30 p.m.. Pioneer is at the southwest corner of Main Street and Stadium Blvd. and Skyline is on North Maple Road just north of the M-14 interchange.
A series of briefs from around the district including: Budget information sessions next week, community volunteers sought for Tappan seed planting day April 13; Early College Alliance information night is April 12; and interviews scheduled for two WISD superintendent finalists.
Increased retirement costs from the state, a shift in K-12 funding and an upcoming May 3 special education millage election will all impact the budget, says Ann Arbor’s superintendent.
School officials are hosting four public information sessions in January where participants will be encouraged to offer ideas for budget reductions.
Information sessions have been scheduled in January to discuss proposed school district budget cuts and and seek input and ideas from the public.
Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Todd Roberts offers an update about school funding and invites the public to participate in upcoming budget discussions.