KPS officials: Potential budget deficit cut by half

By: 
Dennis Mansfield

KALKASKA — Kalkaska Public Schools officials recently received some good news. That is, if you are the type of person who sees the proverbial glass as half full, rather than half empty.

Jeff Scroggins, director of business services for KPS, provided a financial update to members of the district’s board of education at their regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 21.

Previously, Scroggins had told the board the local school district was preparing for a potential cut of $600 to even as much as $700 per student from the State of Michigan in its per pupil funding allowance. 

KPS had split the difference, preparing for a $650 reduction in its per pupil funding. That would have resulted in a $1.8-million funding gap in the $17.4-million budget plan the school board adopted in June

“We try to be real conservative in our budgeting,” Scroggins said. (But) in May, it was looking really bad.”

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