Thursday, February 14, 2013
The district is looking for recommendations on cutting expenditures.
In another divided vote, the Brighton Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve a revised budget of $52 million at it's Monday night meeting. If the budget is balanced or not hedges on Lindbom Elementary selling before the end of the fiscal year. If the school does not sell before June 30, then the district is looking at an operating deficit of $445,000, according to Assistant Superintendent of Finance Maria Gistinger. Board Vice President Bill Anderson, Secretary Nick Fiani and Trustee John Conely cast the votes opposing the budget revision. Fiani called on fellow board members who had said they would not approve deficit budgets to keep their word. "This budget is not balanced right now," Fiani said. "That's all there is to it. We don't …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Brighton is facing an operating deficit this year in addition to a $7 million legacy debt.
If Lindbom Elementary does not sell by the end of the fiscal year, Brighton Area Schools could be looking at an operating deficit of $445,000, according to Assistant Superintendent of Finance Maria Gistinger. The Brighton Area Board of Education tabled a vote to approve an amended 2012-13 budget so they could hear discussion on the topic during a finance committee of the whole meeting Monday night. Lindbom is currently on the market for $2.2 million. "If we use the sale of Lindbom to balance the budget, then it's not a sustainable amount," Board President Miles Vieau said. "It's only good for that present year. And of course, we've made that mistake, where we've taken fund equity and it's not sustainable, and we've paid for contracts on it…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Brighton Area Schools received praise from auditors during Monday's meeting.
The Brighton Area Schools District was praised for making progress on its legacy deficit during its annual audit report Monday night. The district is finally back in the black for the first time in nine years, according to Superintendent Greg Gray. The district added $500,000 to it's fund balance during fiscal year 2011-2012, however, it is still facing a legacy deficit of more than $7 million. Gray said he is extremely proud of the work the district has done amidst challenges like declining enrollment. Last year, the state cut public school funding by $470 per student. Assistant Superintendent of Finance Maria Gistinger said that cost the district about $3 million last year and is costing another $3 million this year, since funding has …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The school district is also currently hiring for the first time in several years.
With the adoption of the 2012-2013 budget by Brighton School Board members Monday night, the district is on the path to eliminating its accumulated deficit by 2013-2014, according to Maria Gistinger, assistant superintendent of finance. The district will see a $2.4 million surplus, which will be used to decrease the district's deficit of nearly $6 million. The 2012-2013 budget also predicts an increase of 5.1 percent in revenues over last year. Gistinger said the district generated increased revenue through its shared services contract, where some teachers instruct classes at private schools such as St. Patrick Catholic School, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Maple Tree Montessori Academy and Cornerstone Christian School. The district has …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Brighton Township Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Monday night to approve its 2012-2013 budget.
The Brighton Board of Trustees unanimously approved a balanced budget of just under $3 million for 2012-2013 during a special meeting Monday night. The budget will take effect April 1 and cover expenses through March 2013. Township Manager Dan Bishop called the newly approved budget "pretty aggressive" in regards to its plans and projects. For example, the budget sets aside $2 million for a sewer expansion expansion project. Bishop said project will add more customers to the sewer line, bringing in more revenue with the cost of hook up. The board recently approved a rate increase to cover the cost of its sewer debt. Bishop said the intent is to be reimbursed for construction costs on the project over time. Also on the agenda were raises …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Today's Daily PatchCast features news from Saline-Milan, Plymouth, Canton, Dexter and White Lake.
Saline-Milan: Saline Teachers Join Protest Against Gov. Snyder's Budget Plan Canton: Muslim Women Reach Out to Community Plymouth: New Businesses Bring Something Different to Downtown Plymouth White Lake: Lakeland High Teacher Running for County Commissioner Dexter: Two Businesses Sponsor Cake Competition