Bath Community Schools overcome a large budget deficit

By Courtney Culey
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer

Bath Community Schools face an $810,000 budget deficit for the 2011-2012 due to cuts made by the Michigan State Legislature. Superintendent Jake Huffman said education is the number one priority. Despite the large deficit, school officials are doing their best to avoid hindering the students’ educational experience. “Every district in the state took a significant hit this school year because of the decisions our state legislators felt they needed to make,” Huffman said. “Our district is actually in very good shape due to the hard work of board members, teachers, administrators, and staff members.”

Huffman said the board has been working since April to cut expenses and are continuing to do so. As of May, Huffman said the board approved $488,000 of cuts and reductions.

After 11 years of service, Bath School Board President steps down


By Coutney Culey
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer

After 11 years of service, Bath School Board President, Nancy Hawkins, stepped down during Monday’s school board meeting. “I just want to thank Nancy for 11 fine years as President of the Board” said Dean Sweet, board treasurer, moments after Hawkins announced she will be stepping down. Jackie Shelest, the executive assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education, said Hawkins has made doing her job much easier. Shelest and Hawkins have been working together for the past seven years and Shelest said Hawkins is “awesome!”

Hawkins said she believed being President was a great opportunity and someone else needed to experience it. Being President, she said, helps a person grow.