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Some parents not happy with Flint School Board's proposed plan to cut staff pay

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(01/15/14) - Parents are not happy with the Flint School Board's proposed solution to their budget trouble, and some are taking it into their own hands.

On Monday, the board approved a painful plan to cut teacher pay, close buildings and add more kids to the classroom. Now it heads to the state for final approval.

Flint Schools are $19 million in the hole. The superintendent is optimistic about this plan, but parents are worried about their children's future and they're not just going to watch this happen.

"It's going to take away a quality education they're receiving," said Flint parent Egypt Tramble.

Tramble has two kids in the Flint School District, one of them is only in kindergarten.

When she heard about the board's plan to cut staff pay by 19 percent and bump up the class size to 42 kids per class, she wanted to do something about it.

"There's no support for the teacher in the classroom, that's terrible," she said.

She and another parent, Dayquichiesa Martin are forming a committee for concerned parents in Flint.

"Once a month on a Saturday, and any issues any parents have, we're going to find a way a solution for them," Martin said.

The board is hoping this plan will be the solution they need and now it's up to the state to approve or reject it.

The district is looking for a $15.8 million loan from the state to help them finish out the school year.

"If the decision is made regarding borrowing or the deficit elimination plan, we may have to call a special board meeting," Superintendent Larry Watkins said.

While this plan moves through Lansing, there are a lot of fears, questions and even rumors here at home that administrators are getting raises.

Watkins said that's not true.

"Administrators will not get raises in the positions they're in now with the district having to restructure. People might have to take on a lot more responsibility, that's one of the thing we have to make clear, I'm aware the rumor mills are out there," Watkins said.

Their next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 5.

But like the superintendent said, if the state comes through with a decision there might be an earlier special meeting.

It's also unclear where the meeting will be - the board sold the Sarvis Center and will need to find a new home next month.

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