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Tue June 2, 2009
School leaders, public discuss growing budget shortfall
By Mark Bashore, WKAR
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing School District is meeting Tuesday evening to discuss how to address its growing budget deficit. School Board President Hugh Clarke says changing state rules on paying for all-day Kindergarten could add several million dollars to the district's tab. Lansing also expects enrollment to fall by up to a thousand next year. That means millions fewer state dollars. District planners now expect a deficit as high as $18-million.
State law requires school districts to pass balanced budgets for the next school year by June 30. Tonight's budget meeting and public hearing begins at 5:30pm at Lansing school district headquarters on Kalamazoo Street.