YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Ypsilanti school district plans to spend about $3 million more than it takes in during the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which means it also will have to file a deficit elimination plan with the state to explain the shortfall, The Ann Arbor News reported.
The budget calls for $53.3 million in spending, but only $51.4 million in revenue, The News reported. Either number could change depending on fall enrollment, the sale of a school building to Eastern Michigan University and state funding levels, according to The News. In addition, more than $1.7 million of the revenue will be needed to pay off an existing deficit, the report said.
Board members have said they don't want to cut into district programs, The News reported. Administrators and support staff employees have taken a 3 percent wage cut.
The Willow Run school district, also in Washtenaw County, has been operating under a deficit reduction plan for several years, according to The News.
The Ann Arbor News, "Ypsilanti school board approves deficit spending plan for next year," June 30, 2009
Michigan Education Report, "Detroit not the only school district seeing red," June 30, 2008