Pinconning schools to cut approximately $1.3 million from budget



PINCONNING — The Pinconning Area School District will be operating with approximately $1.3 million less in it’s 2011-12 budget after cuts made by the Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, June 28.

Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski said a majority of the cuts will come from concessions from the district’s employee groups.

The district will operate with a budget of around $12 million and is expected to spend around $11.7 million, Kroczaleski said. The district will pay around $300,000 out of its fund balance to cover the rest of the budget cost.

He said the terms of the concessions are still being negotiated.

“It may affect health benefits and insurance for employees,” he said.

Kroczaleski said other cost-cutting measures that are being discussed include a 2 percent reduction in salary that could be taken from employee benefits or wages.

The district has also eliminated one teaching position and will not fill the vacancies left behind by four retiring teachers.

“That will save us approximately $400,000,” he said.

Kroczaleski said Pinconning, unlike other districts, has been making large budget cuts for eight years.

“Our enrollment has been going down and we have learned how to adapt to these situations,” he said.

Kroczaleski said Pinconning has already implemented pay-to-participate. He said while other districts in the state are looking to implement pay-to-participate for athletics, Pinconning has had that program for the past five years.

“We have a cap on how much families are required to pay if they want their children to continue to participate in athletics,” he said. “The program offsets some costs for us, but it does not generate a lot of money.”

Kroczaleski said he is not sure what the future holds for the district, but added that next year is very important.

“We are hoping that we can just squeak through this year,” he said. “A lot of what the future holds depends on what is going to come from Lansing.”

Kroczaleski said there is only so much restructuring that districts will be able to do.

“We may get to a point where we can’t do it anymore,” he said. “Regardless, education is going to look totally different.”


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