flint schools http://michiganradio.org en Flint school district budget deficit soars to $20 million http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-district-budget-deficit-soars-20-million <p>The Flint school district is sinking deeper into red ink.</p><p></p><p>Less than 12 months ago, an audit placed the district’s budget deficit at $10.4 million.&nbsp; It's now pegged at $20.4 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Flint school district has been struggling to reduce its multi-million dollar deficit for years. But last night, school district officials described recent budget plans as being “far from reality,” even describing the district’s current budget as only ”close to reality.”</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:48:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 18179 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school district budget deficit soars to $20 million Flint schools require staff to pick up checks http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-schools-require-staff-pick-checks <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - There is no direct deposit this week for teachers and other employees in the Flint school district.<br /><br />They were required to pick up their check in person Friday as the struggling district confirms that it's paying people who actually work. Spokesman Brian Smith tells The Flint Journal it's too early to know if any problems were uncovered.<br /><br />He says there might be legitimate reasons for someone who didn't pick up a check.<br /> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:42:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16560 at http://michiganradio.org Flint schools require staff to pick up checks Flint schools chief: No payless paydays this year http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-schools-chief-no-payless-paydays-year <p>There is no doubt that teachers in the Flint Community Schools will be paid through the end of the school year.</p><p>That's according to Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins.</p><p>Watkins said the state approved the Flint school district's deficit elimination plan today.</p><p>The district will get a $2.3 million advance on its state aid payments, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd Watkins said the state authorized the district to borrow $3.6 million. </span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:11:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16305 at http://michiganradio.org Flint schools chief: No payless paydays this year Flint substitute teacher accused of duct taping students' mouths http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-substitute-teacher-accused-duct-taping-students-mouths <p>A Flint substitute teacher is facing a variety of charges, including assault and battery, for allegedly duct taping the mouths of several elementary school students on several occasions last year.</p><p>A 15 count warrant was authorized on Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The incidents allegedly occurred at Flint's Brownell Elementary School.&nbsp;&nbsp; The unnamed teacher was fired by the Flint school district in December.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:25:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 16068 at http://michiganradio.org Flint substitute teacher accused of duct taping students' mouths Flint school board to discuss compensation cut tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-board-discuss-compensation-cut-tonight <p>Flint school officials have until Wednesday to deliver a new deficit elimination plan to the Michigan Department of Education.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 05:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15984 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school board to discuss compensation cut tonight Flint school employees to take 19% compensation cut http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-employees-take-19-compensation-cut <p>Flint school district employees are facing a deep cut in pay and benefits.</p><p></p><p>Interim school superintendent Larry Watkins announced today that the district and its unions have reached a deal that calls for a 19% cut in compensation.</p><p></p><p>Specific details about cuts to wages and benefits are still being negotiated between the district and its unions. The cuts will take effect in July.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Watkins says the cuts are a key component of the district’s deficit reduction plan that’s being submitted to the state next week.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:52:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 15962 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school employees to take 19% compensation cut Auditors paint a 'Bleak Picture' of Flint school district finances http://michiganradio.org/post/auditors-paint-bleak-picture-flint-school-district-finances <p>Last night, Flint school board members listened as auditors painted a bleak picture of the school district’s finances. The auditors blamed years of "poor internal controls" for the district’s big budget deficit. &nbsp;Auditors say they did not find any "financial misconduct."</p><p>The Flint school district’s deficit is more than ten million dollars. The district also owes the Genesee Intermediate School District nearly nine million dollars.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 02:42:04 +0000 Steve Carmody 15435 at http://michiganradio.org Auditors paint a 'Bleak Picture' of Flint school district finances Flint school board members to review audit, with state aid payment on the line http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-board-members-review-audit-state-aid-payment-line <p>The Flint School Board will hear the findings of the district’s most recent audit this evening.</p><p>The audit is expected to show continued problems with misspent funds, lax oversight and other issues.</p><p>“Our students deserve the very best and we’re definitely going to do that. In order for us to do that, we’re going to have to turn this district around,” says Larry Watkins, Flint’s interim school superintendent.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:17:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15413 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school board members to review audit, with state aid payment on the line Flint's Board of Education approves deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-board-education-approves-deficit-elimination-plan <p>The Flint Board of Education has signed off on a deficit elimination plan for the district.</p><p></p><p>The challenge now is sticking to it.</p><p></p><p>The Flint school district is $15.8 million dollars in the red.</p><p></p><p>To address that, school board members last night approved a plan that will cut jobs, close two elementary schools and trim other expenses. &nbsp;&nbsp;The goal is to reduce the district deficit to zero by June, 2016.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Antoinette Lockett is the board president. She says retaining students will be key.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 03:00:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 13705 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's Board of Education approves deficit elimination plan In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Flint school district deficit, St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-bankruptcy-flint-school-district-deficit-st-petersburg-russia <p><strong>Detroit bankruptcy is topic of national conversation</strong></p><p>Snyder, Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing appeared on Sunday morning talk shows yesterday to talk about filing bankruptcy for Detroit. Snyder said he will push to protect the retired city workers whose pensions are on the table. He said the bankruptcy filing included protections for retirees and urged them to remain calm. Orr said on "Fox News Sunday" that there are going to have to be "concessions." Bing on ABC's "This Week" said now that bankruptcy has been filed, leaders have to take a step back before making a decision on a federal bailout.</p><p><strong>Flint school district faces more</strong> <strong>budget cuts</strong></p><p>The Flint School Board will take up a Deficit Elimination Plan tomorrow night. The district is <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-educators-take-school-districts-deficit-elimination-plan-week">wrestling with a nearly 16 million dollar deficit</a>. The Flint school district has made deep budget cuts but more cuts are likely if the district follows the plan to eliminate its deficit by June 2016. The Flint School Board has until July 31st to send its deficit elimination plan to the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lansing may end its relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia</strong></p><p>The Lansing city council will be meeting tonight to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-leaders-will-discuss-their-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia">discuss its sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia</a>. St. Petersburg recently passed an anti-gay ordinance and police there arrested people at an LGBT rally. Members say they want to send a message to St. Petersburg officials by canceling Lansing’s two decade sister cities relationship with the city.<br> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:45:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13623 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Flint school district deficit, St. Petersburg, Russia Flint educators take up the school district's Deficit Elimination Plan this week http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-educators-take-school-districts-deficit-elimination-plan-week <p>The Flint School Board takes up a Deficit Elimination Plan Tuesday night.</p><p></p><p>The district is wrestling with a nearly $16 million deficit.</p><p></p><p>The Flint school district has made deep budget cuts, including laying off teachers and closing schools in recent years.</p><p></p><p>More cuts are likely if the district follows the plan to eliminate its deficit by June, 2016.</p><p></p><p>Larry Watkins is Flint’s interim School Superintendent. He insists the deficit elimination plan will not get in the way of the school district’s core mission.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13615 at http://michiganradio.org Flint educators take up the school district's Deficit Elimination Plan this week Flint school board passes FY 2014 budget http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-board-passes-fy-2014-budget <p>Flint school board members last night approved a budget for next year.</p><p></p><p>The district’s superintendent says Flint schools may be close to reaching bottom with its new budget.</p><p></p><p>Flint schools have been struggling with a declining student enrollment and budget problems for years.</p><p></p><p>The budget approved last night includes closing four schools and laying off around 150 employees.</p><p></p><p>Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins says more cuts may be needed, if enrollment slides even further.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:16:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 13248 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school board passes FY 2014 budget For Sale signs may soon pop up in front of empty Flint school buildings http://michiganradio.org/post/sale-signs-may-soon-pop-front-empty-flint-school-buildings <p>The man hired by the Flint School Board to find buyers for closed school buildings is not optimistic he’ll be able to find buyers.</p><p></p><p>Last night, the Flint school district hired Cooper Commercial, a Genesee County commercial real estate company, to try to find buyers for more than two dozen old schools and other buildings.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13152 at http://michiganradio.org For Sale signs may soon pop up in front of empty Flint school buildings Michigan State Police troopers bring safety message to Flint elementary schools http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-police-troopers-bring-safety-message-flint-elementary-schools <p>About 20 Michigan State Troopers are spending the next few days meeting with Flint schoolchildren.</p><p></p><p>Michigan State Police Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue told a student assembly today at Bryant Elementary in Flint that she would like to see them waving at Michigan State Police patrol cars as they drive through their neighborhood.</p><p></p><p>“Because it really kind of hurts our feelings when our car goes by and no one waves at us,” Etue told the students.</p><p></p><p>One student blurted out “We be scared”, which drew laughter from the students.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 15:32:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 12472 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State Police troopers bring safety message to Flint elementary schools