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Flint school board to discuss compensation cut tonight

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
(file photo)

Flint school officials have until Wednesday to deliver a new deficit elimination plan to the Michigan Department of Education.

Flint School Board members tonight will review an agreement calling for a 19% compensation cut to school district employees. Specific wage and benefit cuts will be worked out during the next several months.

The wage and benefit concession was announced last week. The cuts would begin in July and last until 2018, when Flint School District officials project the district will have eliminated its multi-million dollar deficit.

Larry Watkins is Flint’s interim school superintendent. He says the plan is about more than balancing the district’s books.

“In addition to restoring the district’s financial health, we are committed to aggressively, creatively and being innovative in restoring the educational health of our school system,” says Watkins.

The Flint School District has also been struggling with a sharply declining enrollment.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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