The Schools' Unhappy New Year
Board treasurer Glenn Nelson says it all depends on Lansing. "The state will have enough money to give a sizable increase to education if policy makers choose to do so," he emails--potentially as much as $400 per student. For Ann Arbor, that would come to almost $7 million.
If the legislature doesn't come through, will the board finally be forced to close schools? "We're looking toward January to see what the administration recommends," Mexicotte says. "The board sets the parameters--like have cuts hit the classrooms last--and the administration comes back with specific proposals the board then votes on in June."
The board may even try a millage. "In the budget forums [last year], we were asked repeatedly why we don't try a Rec and Ed millage," says Mexicotte. "We thought it was kind of limited. While it might raise a million dollars, some board members wondered if we shouldn't try for an enhancement millage instead, since it could be used more broadly. But then there was also concern we'd need it to pass in the rest of the county, and that didn't work last time [in 2009.]"