Wyoming Public Schools face $2M deficit

Wyoming Public Schools face $2M deficit

There are 47 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Feb 5, 2009, titled Wyoming Public Schools face $2M deficit. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Wyoming Public Schools officials are looking at ways to close a projected $2.4 million budget deficit -- the equivalent of about 38 teaching positions -- for next year.

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TripleH

Brookfield, WI

#1 Feb 5, 2009
Yep. 2 elementary schools. Rogers Lane and Huntington Woods would be closed. Possibly making Jackson park a 5th and 6th grade school. Newhall Middle would be a 7th and 8th grade school. This was probably a long time coming. In a few years expect them to either close one of the high schools or make one a freshmen campus.
rooster

Denver, CO

#2 Feb 5, 2009
Felske stinks as a superintendent, and he is always creating fear in the Wyoming community so he can attack the teachers and support unions. Felske's threat is a yearly thing...
shaman

United States

#3 Feb 5, 2009
The staff reduction will begin with teachers, parapros, librarians and office staff. Can't cut administration because they are necessary to maintaining the classroom. Fire Felski and let Dr Taylor have it as part of his contract.
TripleH

Brookfield, WI

#4 Feb 5, 2009
shaman wrote:
The staff reduction will begin with teachers, parapros, librarians and office staff. Can't cut administration because they are necessary to maintaining the classroom. Fire Felski and let Dr Taylor have it as part of his contract.
Yeah theres no getting out if they close 2 schools. Good people will be out of a job.
wyo

Denver, CO

#5 Feb 5, 2009
theirs a poss of 3 actualy closeing east is another
one their is reasons why some parents dont send kids
to one of the schools and it will cause alot of prob
and unhappy kids if this happens they are trying to pass it though
TripleH

Brookfield, WI

#6 Feb 5, 2009
wyo wrote:
theirs a poss of 3 actualy closeing east is another
one their is reasons why some parents dont send kids
to one of the schools and it will cause alot of prob
and unhappy kids if this happens they are trying to pass it though
East closed in 2003. It was Horizons and it closed. It's just some office space now. They need to bulldoze it.
Concerned Mom

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Feb 5, 2009
My daughter currently attends HW and I will be so sad if it closes!! We really like the school and the teachers she has had - I'm sure there are other ways to find money in the budget (administration) if they look hard enough.....
Concerned Mom

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Feb 5, 2009
There is a daycare still in the East Building.
TripleH

Brookfield, WI

#9 Feb 5, 2009
Concerned Mom wrote:
There is a daycare still in the East Building.
Yep. Forgot about that daycare. Owned and operated by a board members Son. Bulldoz commences when we get the kiddies out.
Tom

AOL

#10 Feb 5, 2009
Maybe they could get the government could change those schools over into federally operated and subsidized schools and day care for Latinos?
Craig

AOL

#11 Feb 5, 2009
rooster wrote:
Felske stinks as a superintendent, and he is always creating fear in the Wyoming community so he can attack the teachers and support unions. Felske's threat is a yearly thing...
Felske is very well paid. I believe it's 165,000 a year. You don't think the government would pay out that kind of salary and not get their moneys worth, do you? He needs to start taking care of Wyoming, Godwin and Kelloggsville for that salary.
dboom

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 Feb 6, 2009
I say drop all busing, before letting teachers and staff go. Hell, everyone brings their kid to school now. That along with not plowing or salting in Wyoming and we'd be in the green!!!!
rooster

Denver, CO

#13 Feb 6, 2009
Felske and the Wyoming board were responsible for closing East Elementary and later changing it into an alternative school. That decision hurt the neighborhood and plunged property values. Now instead of kids walking to school, they are bused off to some other area school in Wyoming. Felske wants to sell the property for commercial development, and of course pay his obscene salary!
(By the way the Board Pres. at the time of this decision was owner of property/business at the same intersection who stood to gain financially.) Did anyone notice the huge amount of $$ Wyoming schools will get in the Fed. Stimulus package? Why would you close schools and lose those funds??? We should ask the board to fire him for poor performance.
TripleH

Brookfield, WI

#14 Feb 6, 2009
rooster wrote:
Felske and the Wyoming board were responsible for closing East Elementary and later changing it into an alternative school. That decision hurt the neighborhood and plunged property values. Now instead of kids walking to school, they are bused off to some other area school in Wyoming. Felske wants to sell the property for commercial development, and of course pay his obscene salary!
(By the way the Board Pres. at the time of this decision was owner of property/business at the same intersection who stood to gain financially.) Did anyone notice the huge amount of $$ Wyoming schools will get in the Fed. Stimulus package? Why would you close schools and lose those funds??? We should ask the board to fire him for poor performance.
Those stimulus funds have nothing to do with their general funds and whether they close schools. That stimulus money is specific in its terms.
Mary

United States

#15 Feb 6, 2009
Hmmm...This is interesting timing, with the potential to have Felske run Wyoming and Godwin. The school boards seem to be very similar. They can make a mess together! They already share Mr. Powers for finance and transportation.
Kasey

United States

#16 Feb 6, 2009
Craig wrote:
<quoted text>
Felske is very well paid. I believe it's 165,000 a year. You don't think the government would pay out that kind of salary and not get their moneys worth, do you? He needs to start taking care of Wyoming, Godwin and Kelloggsville for that salary.
Kelloggsville seems to be just fine. No district is perfect. The scores are up, the staff overall are very dedicated and they are doing a lot in the community. Leave well enough alone. Go Rockets!

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#17 Feb 6, 2009
How much do these schools spend on sports programs, including cost of busing kids to games, etc?
Just_My_Opinion

United States

#18 Feb 6, 2009
Over 50 wrote:
How much do these schools spend on sports programs, including cost of busing kids to games, etc?
Depends on the sport and district. It might be something that some people look at and say that's an easy thing to cut or not a priority. While I totally think academics are critical, I feel that for many students in the above mentioned districts, the remaining sports programs should not be cut. For so many of these kids, it is a much need outlet that is safe and meaningful. The coaches in many cases are one of the few good role models that many kids have. As it is, many kids in these districts have so many less sports opportunities than other districts. I have heard many students who would have loved to have the opportunity for LaCrosse and Hockey. The physical fitness adn team building is very valuable. Some coaches have even given up their stipend and are coaching for free to help out. Also, the home events do generate a little income in ticket sales and concessions as well as give parents an opportunity to get into the school buildings and meet other parents and staff members. So, I think that it is important to keep what few sports are left, it is a big part of the high school experience for so many kids.
Tom

AOL

#19 Feb 6, 2009
The schools are always saying they are hurting for money, yet every time I turn around I see Rockford Contruction Companies name on a remodel or addition. I wonder if when the GM plant closes on 36th street, if Godwin will be interested in looking at the property?

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#20 Feb 7, 2009
Just_My_Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>
Depends on the sport and district. It might be something that some people look at and say that's an easy thing to cut or not a priority. While I totally think academics are critical, I feel that for many students in the above mentioned districts, the remaining sports programs should not be cut. For so many of these kids, it is a much need outlet that is safe and meaningful. The coaches in many cases are one of the few good role models that many kids have. As it is, many kids in these districts have so many less sports opportunities than other districts. I have heard many students who would have loved to have the opportunity for LaCrosse and Hockey. The physical fitness adn team building is very valuable. Some coaches have even given up their stipend and are coaching for free to help out. Also, the home events do generate a little income in ticket sales and concessions as well as give parents an opportunity to get into the school buildings and meet other parents and staff members. So, I think that it is important to keep what few sports are left, it is a big part of the high school experience for so many kids.
Well, sports is a nifty thing when extra money is available and times are good ... however, when times are like today, sports seems to be a no-brainer item to cut from the curriculum .. sports only benefits a select percentage of the kids ... no all 500 kids are on the football, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc team ...

I realize "sports" is a sacred cow for many daddies and mommies out there, but there are still opportunities for Johnny and Paris to play after school, but mommy and daddy will have to foot the bill and provide transportation .... or isn't it THAT important for them to play ..

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