Friday, August 5, 2011
The Saline Education Association is considering opening its health insurance to bids to help the district deal with a structural deficit.
The Saline teachers union is asking its members to consider switching insurance plans to help the school district correct a structural deficit. In June, the Saline Area Schools district Board of Education passed a 2011-12 budget that borrowed $1.3 million from the fund balance to break even. Some of that money will need to be repaid within 24 months in order to bring the balance to the board-mandated level of five percent of spending. The structural deficit exists even though the Saline Education Association re-opened its contract and gave back $1.5 million on concessions, the layoff of 18 teachers, cuts in programs and higher user fees. The SEA contract with the district expires in June, and at least two candidates for school board in …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Saline's $51 million budget includes 18 teacher layoffs and increases in pay-to-play fees.
The Saline Area Schools Board of Education passed a $51,430,713 budget at Tuesday’s meeting. The district balanced its budget by laying off 18 teachers, getting $1.5 million in concessions for the final year of the Saline Education Association contract, and by using $1.3 million from the fund balance. The budget was passed by a 5-1 vote, with trustees Chuck Lesch, David Medley, David Friese, Amy Cattel and Craig Hoeft voting yes. Lisa Slawson voted against the budget. Todd Carter was absent. Other cuts include the elimination of a security guard at the high school, the elimination of the musical accompanist position, reduction in the paraeducator staff, a hiring freeze in the custodial department, the replacement of the information …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tuesday's school board meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Liberty School
The budget is the big item on the agenda when the Saline Area Schools Board of Education meets Tuesday night at Liberty School. The board will meet at 6 p.m. for a hearing on the 2011-12 school budget. Up for a vote is a $51,430,713 budget that spends $1,299,800 than it takes in. The district will cover that deficit by using money from the fund balance, which is expected to drop to $1,871,293 by June 30, 2012. That leaves the fund balance at 3.64 percent of expenditures, below the mandated five percent level called for by board policy. The board will also consider a motion change that policy to allow the fund balance to fall below five percent for a short period of time. To make these numbers, the district has laid off approximately 18 …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saline Area Schools announced its staffing assignments Friday, leaving 18 teachers laid off and moving 31 teachers into new classrooms.
The number of laid-off teachers in the Saline Area Schools district has dropped to 18 after tentative staffing assignments were announced Friday. The announcement also means that 31 teachers will have new assignments for the 2011-12 school year. The district issued layoff notices to 68 staff members in May. By the end of the month, those notices were rescinded for 28 teachers. Friday's announcement brought back 22 teachers. “Eighteen staff members have not received tentative assignments for the next school year,” Superintendent Scot Graden said Monday. There is the possibility that more teachers may be called back, Graden said. Resignations, retirements, schools of choice and move-ins could bring some teachers back. Another possibility is …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
City of Saline taxpayers will see no change in the tax rate for 2011-12.
Meet the new city tax levy, same as the old city tax levy. A Monday’s meeting, Saline City Council unanimously adopted its budget for 2011-12. The millages remain the same as they were. The general operating levy is 13.441 mills. The 2001 street debt millage is .1157 mills. The 2004 street debt levy is .4133 mills. The refuse tax is 1.56 mills. In all, the city levy is 15.53 mills, the same as it has been for the last six years. The owner of a $200,000 home can expect to pay an estimated $1,553 in property taxes to the city for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Water and sewer charges will remain unchanged. City leaders said balancing the budget was not easy. “Getting to this place required layoffs through the years, not replacing employees who …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Today's Daily PatchCast features news from Saline-Milan, Plymouth, Canton, Dexter and White Lake.
Saline-Milan: Saline Teachers Join Protest Against Gov. Snyder's Budget Plan Canton: Muslim Women Reach Out to Community Plymouth: New Businesses Bring Something Different to Downtown Plymouth White Lake: Lakeland High Teacher Running for County Commissioner Dexter: Two Businesses Sponsor Cake Competition