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State rejects Bridgeport-Spaulding deficit elimination plan

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(03/25/14) - A Mid-Michigan school district has some big financial decisions to make in a short amount of time.

Bridgeport-Spaulding's deficit elimination plan was rejected by the state. Now, the superintendent is trying to come up with another spending proposal.

The revised plan has to be submitted by April 14. If they miss the deadline, about $1 million in state aid would be at risk.

The Michigan Department of Education has been working with Bridgeport Spaulding Schools for months, but the plan submitted in February included employee concessions which were not approved by the unions.

That's why the state didn't sign off on it.

A Department of Education spokesperson says he had a productive meeting with district leaders last week.

Bridgeport-Spaulding faces a $2.6 million deficit. They're in the third year of a five-year deficit elimination plan.

Superintendent Gloria Rubis says district administrators will work to get their unions on board over the next three weeks.

"Our administrators and our teachers and our non-union workers have already been working under 5 percent concessions for the past year. The deficit elimination plan includes that continuing, as well as getting our steel workers on board, but their contract is not set to expire until June," Rubis said.

Some parents wonder what this will mean for their children's future.

We spoke with a parent who has two children in Bridgeport-Spaulding Community Schools. Both of them transferred from Buena Vista after that district dissolved last year. He's hoping his children don't have to transfer again.

"It's been a problem all of this time, of course it's going to bother me. We keep having to switch schools every other year. We have to find another school to put our kids in, it's ridiculous," said Terrance McDonald. "Now they still in debt because of the schools. I think it's going to be a whole ghost town in a minute."

A Department of Education spokesperson says he met with district leaders recently. He's pleased with the outcome.

Rubis says a five percent concession from all groups over the next three years would eliminate the deficit.

Along with their revised DEP, the district also has to turn in an adjusted budget.

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