In Michigan
6:21 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

East Lansing schools grapple with funding cuts

EAST LANSING, MI – East Lansing school administrators and parents will begin talking this week about how to tackle looming cuts in state funding.

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The district has already reduced spending for the current school year by more than $1 million. Now, East Lansing schools are faced with more cuts that could add up to an additional $2 million.

At a school board meeting tonight, superintendent David Chapin will present some options to address the sudden reduction in funding. Chapin says he'll propose a plan for re-configuring grades and that could mean closing some school buildings.

"I think when the dust settles, we'll have a recommendation that will have us using less than our nine facilities," Chapin says. "Unfortunately, it's a new era and these are different conditions and we're going to have to handle our facilities and our resources differently in the future."

Chapin will also address a special meeting for parents tomorrow. That's scheduled for 7 p.m. at MacDonald Middle School.