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Tuesday may be critical to the future of one mid-Michigan school district

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
A pro-millage sign sits across the street from Perry East elementary school

Voters in Perry will decide Tuesday if they want to approve the school district’s operating millage.

The decision may decide the fate of the mid-Michigan school district.

“What’s at stake is figuratively and literally the survival of this particular public school system,” Interim Perry School Superintendent Mike Foster summing up what’s on the line in Tuesday’s millage vote.

Perry voters have shot down the operating millage twice before. Foster says a third strike will probably lead to state intervention, either in the form of an emergency manager or the state may dissolve the district.

The Perry school district is working to reduce a million dollar deficit. The district’s budget has been cut by a third. Teachers have taken a 10% pay cut.

Foster says, with the millage money, the district can eliminate its debt by 2015. Without it, he says state intervention is likely.

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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