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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:14

Bad Axe Schools facing budget deficit; board considering cost cutting measures

(BAD AXE) -- The Bad Axe school board has some tough decisions to make in the coming weeks as the district deals with reducing a budget deficit. Superintendent Donald Schelke is recommending the layoff of seven or more teachers to offset rising costs and reduced state aid. In another cost-savings move, the board approved a "separation agreement" Monday. Eligible teachers will have the opportunity to take a $20,000 buyout from the district.

In other business, a special board meeting was scheduled for May 8 to discuss a Sinking Fund Resolution. Voters would be asked to approve the creation of a property tax and the funds would be used for district improvements.

Board members were presented the rankings from the U.S. News & World Report Ranking of high schools and Bad Axe received a silver medal as they ranked 68th in the state. The ranking put the district in the top 8% of high schools in the state. Nationally, Bad Axe High School is ranked in the top 10%.