GRPS cuts $5.9 million from budget

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Facing a $13.5 million general fund deficit, Grand Rapids Public Schools has approved a budget that cuts $5.9 million.

The budget was approved unanimously by the GRPS Board of Education during a Monday meeting, according to a release.

The district says $1 million in cuts come from eliminating positions, leaving positions vacant and freezing administrative compensation.

Another $200,000 will come from the athletic budget. That may result in more fundraising or potentially instituting pay-to-play sports.

And GRPS officials said they worked with Dean Transportation to identify $430,000 in transportation cuts.

GRPS blames the expected $13.5 million deficit on declining enrollment, limited state revenue, higher health care and retirement costs, inflationary expense increases and increased staff compensation. It says the new budget ‘keeps cuts as far away from the classroom as possible.’

==Above, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal and Grand Rapids Education Association President Paul Helder comment on the budget.==

Additionally, a June 23 board meeting has been canceled, the district says.

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