GRPS outlines new budget cuts

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal on Monday outlined a revised budget which she says keeps cuts as far from the classroom as possible.

The district is facing a $13.5 million dollar deficit due to a projected enrollment decline of 400 students this fall, limited new state funding, and increased health and retirement cost.

The Board of Education has demanded that the district's savings account not be under 5% of the budget.

To meet that goal, Neal outlined these cuts and changes:

- A pay and job freeze for administrators, estimated to save $1 million dollars.

- Athletics cuts totalling $200,000, which will mean more fundraising and possibly higher pay to play fees.

- $430,000 in transportation cuts with Dean Transportation.

- Other cuts in the Central office and in supplies and contracted services.

The Board will hold a hearing on the plan tonight at 6:30 with final action expected on June 23.


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