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Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 : 8:53 p.m.

Cuts to athletics part of Ypsilanti schools' deficit elimination plan

By Jeff Arnold

Ypsilanti High School athletic officials will likely trim $50,000 from their current budget in coming weeks, as well as another $50,000 next year, as part of an approved deficit elimination plan.

Specifics remain unknown, district spokesperson Emma Jackson said Tuesday night.

The district's Board of Education approved the plan Monday night after it learned the district had over-spent by $9.2 million since 2005. The district is already looking at a shortfall of $6.8 million in a $53.2 million budget.

"Our backs were against the wall - we had to do something," Jackson said Tuesday night.

While the cuts are not final, they are expected as part of the deficit elimination plan, which was submitted to state officials Tuesday. Jackson expects the total of $100,000 to be close to what athletics faces losing over the next year.

Athletic director Charles Fuller and principal Jonathan Brown will make the decision as to what shape the cuts to athletics takes. Fuller did not return phone calls seeking comment on Tuesday.

Jackson said she doesn't know the timetable for athletic-related decisions.

Jeff Arnold covers sports for He can be reached at or 734-623-2554.Follow him on Twitter @jeffreyparnold.