DEWITT, Mich. – DeWitt Public Schools plans to make about $43,000 by selling timber located on school property, including some trees that could be 200 years old, according to the Lansing State Journal.

The district faces an $800,000 overspending crisis, the Journal reported.

“Our budget definitely is a factor in our decision,” Superintendent John Deiter told the Journal. “We’re a people business (and want to make) wise use of natural resources to benefit the most people for the longest time.”

SOURCE: Lansing State Journal, “DeWitt schools may sell giant trees to help budget," June 7, 2012

FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Michigan School Privatization Survey 2009," Dec. 7, 2009

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