Declining enrollment may spell doom for Detroit area school districts

Dec 26, 2012 Full story: MLive.com

Swift declines in school enrollment across the Detroit area are driving school districts into debt and forcing administrators to make cuts to avoid greater financial disaster - or a state takeover.

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Pete

Livonia, MI

#1 Dec 26, 2012
The process is the same for each downsizing. Dump the fixed expense like buildings ASAP or at least mothball them for permanent closing. Cut the variable expense to align with the actual count. Budget and spend only what the pupil count supports. Communicate to the taxpayers exactly what will exist and let them decide if they want to support more.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#2 Dec 26, 2012
Pete wrote:
The process is the same for each downsizing. Dump the fixed expense like buildings ASAP or at least mothball them for permanent closing. Cut the variable expense to align with the actual count. Budget and spend only what the pupil count supports. Communicate to the taxpayers exactly what will exist and let them decide if they want to support more.
That's a bit of reality that politicians and the public don't understand. On a brighter note,it looks like adding birth control chemicals in with fluoride in the water supply has finally started working.

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