MIDLAND, Mich. — Midland Public Schools has saved about $1.7 million per year by closing five elementary schools, and selling the buildings would mean more savings, the Midland Daily News reported.

The closings led to personnel reductions equaling 15 full-time positions, which generated the largest percentage of savings, Associate Superintendent Linda Cline told board trustees recently, according to the Daily News.

The district plans to sell two of the buildings to other educational institutions, the Daily News reported.

In related news, the district has seen an increase in the number of students riding buses, but a decrease in number of miles traveled, according to the Daily News. Transportation costs rose in the past year due primarily to increased fuel costs, the report said.

SOURCE:

Midland Daily News, “Analysis: MPS saving $1.7 million annually from school closings,” Oct. 11, 2011

FURTHER READING:

Michigan Education Digest, “Report: Number of high school graduates will shrink,” July 24, 2011

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