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Ann Arbor Public Schools seek public input on impending budget cuts

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Kevin Meerschaert
89.1 WEMU
Ann Arbor school bus fleet

The Ann Arbor school district wants to hear from employees and the public regarding what should be prioritized as it faces a $25 million budget shortfall.

Interim and soon-to-be permanent Superintendent Jazz Parks is asking teachers, students, staff and the public to fill out an online survey. The questions include which services and programs are the most to least important. It also asks for suggestions as to what expenses could be cut that would least affect education.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Marious Demetriou says, due to requirements by the state, decisions will have to be make quickly.

“We were able to get an extension to April 15th. I don’t think we’ll be able to get another extension, so they notified us to provide a plan. We have to make some decisions.”

The district will be collecting surveys until April 5th. There will then be a series of three meetings with secondary staff, elementary staff and parents and the community on April 8th at Pioneer High School.

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News Reporter and Host Kevin Meerschaert was a student reporter at WEMU in the early 90s. After another 30 years in the public radio business and stops in Indiana, Maryland, Florida, and New Mexico, Kevin is back to where it all began.
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