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Flint School Board looks at financial advice

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(09/11/12) - Facing fewer students and dollars, Flint schools are making more tough changes.

Now they're looking to financial experts for help as they try to turn the district around. They turned their books over to Plante Moran.

Tuesday, they told them they are on the right track, but there's a long way to go.

"There's so much the district has to look at, we want to make sure we have the best data available," said Antoinette Lockett, school board president.

Flint's school board already voted to close four schools to help with their budget crisis, but they're still looking at a $3.6 million deficit.

Tuesday evening, financial experts took a look at how the district does business.

"We still have a lot of tough decisions to make, our numbers don't coincide with our enrollment," Lockett said.

Plante Moran supported the district's decision to close those buildings and outsource their transportation and custodial services.

But they say it looks like enrollment will continue to decline, and there are still several areas they could look at, such as selling or leasing un-used buildings and outsourcing their in-house print shop.

Another suggestion - more outreach to local families. Plante Moran says charter schools are competing for students, and some board members agree.

"We are arrogant, we are not putting ourselves out there, we have got to put ourselves out there because we have competition ladies and gentlemen," said school board member Vera Julie Perry.

The school board is expecting a 2011-12 audit to come out this November. They should have a better idea of where their budget stands then.

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