November 22, 2014

Pinconning district considering staff cuts for second semester

By Jeff Patrus|Staff Writer
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PINCONNING — In light of declining enrollment and budget concerns, the Pinconning Area School District may be laying off some staff members at the high school and middle school levels.

Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski said the district is “looking at possibly a reduction of staff” for the second semester of the 2009-10 school year, targeting Pinconning High School and Pinconning Middle School as possibilities. He said he hopes to make a further determination by the district’s next board meeting on Monday, Dec. 14.

“We should have an good idea (at that point) if we’re going to do additional cuts,” he said.

Kroczaleski said district enrollment is down a total of 85 students from this year to the next, with the biggest losses coming at the high school and middle school levels. “We’re looking at enrollment and class sizes and seeing if we can combine classes to see if we can reduce staff,” he said.

State per-pupil funding cuts have also impacted the district’s financial situation.

The district’s July 1, 2009 budget for the 2009-10 school year states that the district was to receive $11,136,400 from the state of Michigan for this year. On Oct. 8, the state legislature approved a state school budget that called for a decrease of $165 in per-pupil spending, according to the state’s Web site. Two weeks later, Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced that state law would require an additional $127 per-pupil cut in school funding.

Kroczaleski said the district’s per-pupil foundational allowance, going into the season, was $7,316. With the $292 in per-pupil cuts from the state this year, that total is down to $7,024. He said the total amount in lost revenue to the district as a result of the per-pupil cuts is about $460,000.

He said on Nov. 19, the district sent off layoff notices to 46 of its staff members, but Kroczaleski said that was strictly a precautionary move by the district.

“It’s in our contract with our teachers that they receive a 60-day notice,” he said. “You have to make sure you catch anyone that could be affected.”

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