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6:05 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

East Lansing school board averts severe budget cuts

East Lansing, MI – The East Lansing school district has averted several dramatic funding cuts. The school board will delay some of those decisions until January.

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School board members backed off some of their more controversial options. The board spared teacher layoffs and transportation cuts. Instead, members voted to reduce the budgets for administrative and technology expenses, athletics, conferences, supplies and contract custodial services.

Superintendent Dave Chapin says the district wants to wait until the state's revenue consensus conference in January before making any other decisions.

"So, it's going to be a little challenging to revisit this, but I think we laid the groundwork for revisiting in January if we have to," Chapin says.

Chapin says the board is still working with the district's athletic director to finalize some recommendations. The board meets again January 11.