Salaries, benefits outpace state aid increase

MONROE, Mich. - An increase of up to $112 per student won't be enough to pay for increases in employee salaries and benefits for several Monroe County school districts, according to the Monroe News.

"It's not even enough to pay for the increase in employee health care costs," Dundee Community Schools Superintendent Ron Tarrant told the News. "That money is gone already."

The state budget calls for about $13.4 billion in school funding, according to the News.

Jefferson Schools will receive $56 more per student, which equals about $118,000.

"Just the step increase for the teachers is $145,000," Michael Zopf, director of business and finance at Jefferson, told the News. "It doesn't even cover the added costs for step raises."

Monroe News, "Schools wary about future as state aid fails to exceed costs," Aug. 27, 2008

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Six Habits of Fiscally Responsible Public School Districts," Dec. 3, 2002

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "School Funding: Lack of Money or Lack of Money Management?" Aug. 30, 2001