Ann Arbor school administrators propose $2.6 million in budget cuts for this school year
Ann Arbor school Superintendent Todd Roberts outlined more than $2.6 million in proposed budget cuts for this school year to the school board minutes ago.
The board is meeting in a study session to discuss the district's finances, but no action will be taken tonight.
The district is facing a deficit of about $8.5 million for this school year following cuts in state aid.
Ann Arbor school board President Deb Mexicotte said the cuts proposed by Roberts aren't devastating to the district's educational program, but they will be when the board puts together the budget for the 2010-11 school year, when the district is facing a $20 million deficit.
The administrative cuts include an 8 percent pay cut for Roberts and 4 percent cut for members of his cabinet staff.
Roberts said administrators will look for additional savings as they meet with the staff and community over the course of the next several weeks. But he said said the district will likely have to dip into fund equitity this year to balance the budget. He said he is loathe to make layoffs of teachers in the middle of the school year.
David Jesse covers K-12 education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 734-623-2534.