FOWLERVILLE, Mich. – Fowlerville Community Schools expects to see its budget deficit grow to $2.6 million next year, according to The Livingston Daily Press & Argus. The district expects to have $24 million in revenue next year, far below projected expenses.

"We've got an operational deficit, which means we're not taking in as much as we're spending," Superintendent Rick Heinrich told The Livingston Daily. "And that operational deficit does get worse."

The board recently approved a new contract with the bus drivers union that will save the district $300,000 through 2014. The board has also begun soliciting bids for custodial and maintenance services. According to The Livingston Daily, Fowlerville is the only district in Livingston County not to have privatized their custodial services.

SOURCE: The Livingston Daily Press & Argus, “Fowlerville schools facing projected $2.6M budget shortfall,” April 13, 2012

FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Michigan School Privatization Survey 2011,” Dec. 7, 2011