ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – Another local school district is facing more than a million dollars in cuts.
St. Joseph Public Schools face a $1.4 million dollar budget shortfall for next year. Superintendent Al Skibbe says the district is working with labor groups for concessions as well as looking at cuts to busing.
Part of the reason is Michigan has increased the state retirement rate and reduced per-student funding. Skibbe says the retirement rate has gone from 14% to 27% over the last 5 years.
The district will hold public forums later this month on the budget situation before voting on any cuts, but doesn't have dates for those forums set yet.