Michigan schools budgets have been problematic in the past years. Haslett Public Schools, this year, has a balanced 2011-2012 budget. Some programs will see a reduced budget while others receive more monetary investment.
Haslett School District will not see any program cuts at all this upcoming year; they have only reduced funding in some areas. The biggest reduced funding that Haslett Schools will see applies to library hours and available staff. Instead of students being able to go to the library every week to check out books, they may only be aloud to go every other week.
“They will still be open for our kids at all grade levels,” said Steve Cook, director of finance for Haslett Schools. “It just may not be on a more of a regular basis like it has been in the past.”
Counseling services have also been reduced from Haslett’s school budget. High school counseling has not been changed at all but elementary and middle school counseling has been reduced to save money.
Students normally go to special classes such as, Art, P.E. or Comprehension Guidance and Counseling to allow the teacher to have mandatory planning time for their class. This budget reduction will only limit the time students will spend at this extra curricular course.
“We believe that by changing the way we deliver the services, that we can still allow kids to get the same experiences they had in the past,” cook said. “Students will still the counseling services they need.”
Response to Intervention, or RTI, has been the curriculum focus the past couple years in Haslett. is a program that the school budget focuses its funding on. A program that RTI is a program that recognizes kids that need more help in areas of education.
Many of these kids that are being helps are in special education programs, which are costly. RTI allows teachers to spot weak areas early, and get those students help.
“We invested a lot of dollars the past two years,” Cook said. “We’re still making that one of our main focuses for funding outside of regular K-12 education.”