Tahquamenon Area Schools To Restructure Middle School To Cut Costs

In an effort to achieve a balanced budget, there will some changes next school year at Tahquamenon Area Schools, in Newberry.

The middle school portion of the building will close, saving the district around $65,000.

The savings would come from not replacing a retiring secretary, and by cutting down on custodial, heating and electrical costs.

The sixth grade students would be moved to the elementary portion of the building, and the seventh and eighth grade students would have their own floor in the high school.

The district will also not replace two paraprofessionals, saving additional money.

Despite the current cuts, they are still looking at an estimated $400,000 deficit.

The superintendent says they're looking at other ways to cut costs that could include the privatization of custodial staff.

9&10's Christina Vecchioni and photojournalist Eric Davis have more details on the situation.