Board of Education privatizes non-athletic grounds crew, cuts two positions


Dexter Community Schools’ non-athletic lawns will soon be under the care of a private company due to budget cuts.

The Board of Education voted Monday night to privatize its non-athletic lawn care in an effort to save money. The cut will result in the loss of two positions. The move was part of several additional changes enacted to help save money including collapsing a supervisor position and coordinator positions due to retirements; collapsing teaching positions from retirements, resignations and leaves of absence to eliminate one teaching position; and a reduction in improvement materials.

The cuts are a result in less funding from the state, board Vice President Julie Schumaker said in a previous meeting. Dexter is only seeing an increase of .33 percent in state funding, though inflation has gone up 1.6 percent in 2014.  On top of that, the district is projected to loose 25 students next year.

“That’s not just Dexter, that’s around the state,” she said on June 15. “We are not receiving the same funding.”

The board adopted the 2015-2016 budget without discussion or comment.

See the full budget adoption below.

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Legally the district is required to have a budget set by June 30, though the numbers they get from the state aren’t on the same timeline. After the budget is finalized, the district can alter it. Those amendments typically come in November after student count day and state budgets are finalized.

As it currently stands the 2015-2016 budget is $537,000 over revenue – money from the district’s general fund balance would be used to cover that. That fund balance currently stands at $6 million.

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