Board For Elk Rapids Schools Begins Budget Talks
Elk Rapids Schools is the latest Northern Michigan school district looking to close a major deficit next year. Tonight the school board began public talks of how to cut nearly $1 million. Tonight's public meeting was the first in a what will be a series of budget talks. Board members focused on areas that rely on large chunks of the district's general fund to operate. Athletics, food services, and busing were all discussed, but no decisions were made tonight. The superintendent says it's about running programs more efficiently, and less about cutting. Keeping class sizes low — which means staying away from cutting whole programs and staff members — is the district's main priority. Budget talks will continue at future board meetings. Erika Waddell and photojournalist Justin DePrekel have the story.