GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) The Grand Rapids Public School District could lose millions of dollars from the state of Michigan.
The Senate School Aid Budget proposal released provides information about several cuts. It removes funding for preschool, bilingual services, and school-based health clinics.
Superintendent Bernard Taylor sent an email to members of the Grand Rapids Board of Education Wednesday explaining what the cuts could mean to the district.
A $110 per pupil reduction - represents a loss of approximately $2 million for GRPS
Full elimination of the Readiness program (pre school) - a loss of $2.6 million for GRPS
Elimination of the declining enrollment categorical - a loss of $450,000 for GRPS
Elimination of Section 41/Bilingual categorical - a loss of approximately $200,000 for GRPS
Reduction of 10% in the adult ed budget - a loss of approximately $100,000 for GRPS
Taylor told board members he expected confirmation from the state sometime soon. He emphasized this is not a final school aid budget. He says it still must go through the state house, senate and Governor's office.
Taylor told board members, "Please be advised that these proposed cuts are devastating in their magnitude. We will be monitoring this proposal closely but contacting our legislators will be imperative as budget negotiations commence to reconcile the Governor's and the House and Senate's budget proposals."