Listen to an audio report. The 2008 recession and state funding cuts have meant losses in almost all areas of Mason Public Schools. This has meant some trimming and searches for new revenue in many departments including academic, athletic, arts and personnel. Custodial groups have taken hourly wage cuts to prevent privatization, administrative and faculty positions were eliminated and district-funded sports have become self-funded. Shelbi Frayer, executive director of business and finance at Mason Public Schools, said the changes are a result of the decrease in state funding.
By MATTHEW HALL
Capital News Service
LANSING – Aside from more troopers, data analysts could be the best way to boost crime prevention efforts, said Col. Kristie Etue, the head of the State Police. Since Gov. Jennifer Granholm left office in 2011, budget cuts contributed to closing the majority of State Police posts across Michigan, she said. Funding has begun to increase recently, though, and the department is looking at a new way to prevent crime. With fewer and fewer troopers, the department has come to rely on data in order to tackle crime, Etue said.
Sequester has become a word that strikes fear into many Americans. The automatic spending cuts took effect in March when the federal government could not reach a deal on the debt ceiling. Half of the cuts affected national defense and half affected domestic programs, so everyone has had to tighten their belts. With all of the decision-making taking place in D.C., sometimes it seems easy to forget that communities near and far are recipients of these budget cuts; East Lansing is no exception, so what is happening in regards to sequestration here on MSU’s campus? From the Office of Financial Aid to the ROTC program, these stories break down what Spartan students and their parents can expect from sequestration.
Grand Ledge continues to keep special education a priority even though times are tough for education in Michigan. Stories of Special Education Students and Their Families
Families stay just as involved as students in the Grand Ledge Education system. Marsha Smith, a retired special education teacher of the Ingham County school district said she had the experience of a disabled grandchild living with her for 18 months. During that time she worked with the teachers in Grand Ledge, the program director, the principal, and everyone involved in the school system to help give her granddaughter the best education possible. “The work that they did was phenomenal”, said Smith.
In light of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed across-the-board cuts to state government, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero followed up with cuts of his own. To eliminate the city’s projected $20 million budget shortfall for the upcoming following fiscal year, Bernero said at the March 28 city council meeting that drastic cuts are necessary while striving to preserve a quality of life citizens deserve and expect. “These are, without question, the hardest decisions that we’ve ever had to make,” he said. “We have to play the cards we are dealt.”
Under Bernero’s plan, residents could expect city officials to lay off 78 police department positions, 71 from the fire department, eliminate neighborhood watch programs, reduce 20 percent of available officers for street patrol and close three fire stations. The proposed, exhaustive list of cuts is something to face moving forward, said Jessica Yorko, Lansing 4th Ward councilmember.