By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer
Bath, MI – With the budget cuts affecting schools’ athletic programs, Bath schools have implemented “pay-to-participate” to help their athletics prosper.
Many schools in Michigan have experience a drop in funds for extra-curricular activities and athletics.
Bath High School Football Field
Photo taken by Tiara Marocco
“Pay to participate came about in our district in about 2002,” said Matt Dodson, Bath High School principal, “and it started at $50-75 for the whole year.
“We’ve had to raise it to about $100 and that pays for a student to play as many sports they want for that whole school year.”
Keeping it manageable
By: Jessica Brown Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer
DeWitt, MI – Public school employees in Bath and DeWitt, Mich., along with teachers across the state will be forced to take on a new retirement plan. Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation to reform the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement Education System also known as MPSERS.
Michigan Capitol Building
Taken by: Jessica Brown
The reform signed earlier this fall will shrink future debt by $15 billion immediately. The plan involves a switch from a pension system to a 401(K) system, said Kurt Weiss the public information director for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
“Without the change the state faces unfunded liabilities of about $45 billion,” Weiss said.
“Resolving this tremendous debt and financial burden helps our schools, our children, the taxpayers of Michigan and ultimately our school employees by ensuring their retirement benefits are funded,” Snyder said in a press release. “I appreciate all the hard work by the Legislature to get this done.”