Dexter Community Schools Board of Education officials and district administrative staff will discuss the Phase 1 findings of the district’s Ad Hoc Committee in the ongoing effort to determine whether or not Dexter’s school system would absorb the Whitmore Lake Schools.
The major criteria for the committee’s study has been “What is in the best interests of the kids,” according to the contents of the below embedded letter that is included in the information packet for this evening’s regular Board of Education meeting.
“The economics will either work out or not,” the letter posited as a secondary determinant in the committee’s recommendation.
Dexter schools will have to manage a $44 per pupil reduction in funding from the State of Michigan’s foundation allowance, which is the main source of funding for day-to-day operations of the entire school system. The total foundation allowance for students in the district is $7,644 in the 2016 fiscal year.
A school district’s only other major source of funding is issuing bonds, but those are only useable for expansion, maintenance or upgrading of facilities and operating capital.
The letter touches on other topics of discussion that the board will tackle this evening, including assumption of Whitmore Lake Schools debt, the effectiveness of a referendum vote or poll of public opinion, and impacts of annexation of broader factors such as local property values.
For a report on tonight’s Board of Education discussion, look to WeLoveDexter.com for further details after the 7 p.m. meeting, which will be held at the Creekside Intermediate Media Center.
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