By Emily Griffes
Bath-Dewitt Connection staff writer
When Gov. Snyder spoke about his proposed 2012 budget with the legislature on Feb. 17, one theme rang true: shared sacrifice.
But it seems that some are expected to share that sacrifice more than others.
“We have a significant challenge we’re going to face with… our schools from a financial perspective,” Snyder said.
With the more than $500 million reduction in K-12 education spending, local school districts, including DeWitt, look ahead with unsure expectations.
“We anticipate a minimum of another $900,000 in lost revenue with this reduction,” said Rob Spagnuolo, the DeWitt School District’s director of finance.
After the previous $170 per-pupil spending cut and Snyder’s proposal of another 5 percent decrease, the DeWitt school district is looking to get almost $1.5 million less than in the 2010/11 school year.
The next few months will be busy for the DeWitt school district as it creates a budget that will satisfy their students.
“This will be the basis for a lot of discussions in the next few months,” Spagnuolo said. “We have a lot to work through.”
While DeWitt school district Superintendent Dr. John Deiter, has worries of his own, he is also hopeful that the district can make it happen.
“I’m sure we will have some difficult decisions to make regarding staffing and programming. I’m certain that everyone in the school system including staff, students, and parents will be impacted in some way by these reductions. We will all have to pull together to get through the next few years.”
Yet while the children may be hurting in the short term, Snyder is confident that these steps are necessary to get Michigan back to where it needs to be.
“It is time to reset things,” Snyder said. “Time to stand up and say let’s look to a bright future, be excited and look forward to our childrens’ futures and let’s do this together.”