Hillsdale offers severance

HILLSDALE, Mich. - Hillsdale Community Schools is offering severance packages to teachers and support personnel who retire now as a way to save money in the long run, according to the Hillsdale Daily News.

"We have to have expenditures in line with revenue," Superintendent Rich Ames said, according to the Daily News. "We're looking to address that primarily with the severance. I say primarily because I don't think we will do it all with severance."

The board of education voted to offer severance deals to 10 to 15 teachers and an equal number of support staff members, based on goals set by the district finance committee, the Daily News reported.

Hillsdale Daily News, "Hillsdale Schools offer severance packages to offset per-pupil spending cuts," Nov. 17, 2009

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "10,000 Teacher Layoffs? Let's Try Zero Instead," Oct. 5, 2009