Insurance hikes vary in Pinckney

PINCKNEY, Mich. - Pinckney Community Schools will lay off 14 teachers as it plans for a decline in enrollment and higher health insurance and diesel fuel bills, according to a report in The Livingston Community News. Those expenses will be offset somewhat by lower expenditures for heating oil, alternative education and data collection technology, The News reported.

Overall, administrators have proposed a $35.7 million budget for 2009-2010 that maintains the current $1 million fund equity, according to The News. State per-pupil funding is expected to remain the same, due to federal stimulus funding, though Superintendent Dan Danosky said that could change, depending on state tax revenues in the coming year, The News reported.

Health insurance  for teachers, who are covered by the Michigan Education Special Services Association, will go up 6.75 percent, more than double the increase of insurance for staff members, which will see a 3.2 percent increase from Priority Health, according to The News.

The district anticipates saving $80,000 in heating fuel costs through membership in the Michigan School Energy Consortium.

The Livingston Community News, "Pinckney Schools end year with small surplus, present balanced budget for next year," June 4, 2009

Michigan Education Report, "Health insurance: Reformed, but not resolved," Sept. 16, 2008