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GRPS outlines new budget cuts

GRPS outlines new budget cuts


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal on Monday outlined a revised budget which she says keeps cuts as far from the classroom as possible.

The district is facing a $13.5 million dollar deficit due to a projected enrollment decline of 400 students this fall, limited new state funding, and increased health and retirement cost.

The Board of Education has demanded that the district's savings account not be under 5% of the budget.

To meet that goal, Neal outlined these cuts and changes:

- A pay and job freeze for administrators, estimated to save $1 million dollars.

- Athletics cuts totalling $200,000, which will mean more fundraising and possibly higher pay to play fees.

- $430,000 in transportation cuts with Dean Transportation.

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My Town GR West: Blended and online virtual schools offer sneak peek into innovative education

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak  are inviting families and students looking for an individualized approach to learning to see their programs first-hand, meet teachers and learn more about what each school offers.

My Town: SMARTArt down to 20 semifinalists

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— ArtPrize isn’t just for adults.

Nearly 50 Grand Rapids students are competing in the second annual SMARTArt competition, which will be highlighted during this year’s ArtPrize. SMART stands for Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme.  Last week, leaders from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Consumers Energy, ArtPrize and the city of Grand Rapids gathered to celebrate this year’s entries and announce the top 20 semifinalists.  This year’s list includes:

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool

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My Town: Ten local schools among most challenging in the state

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids is home to one of the most challenging high schools in the Midwest, according to the Washington Post.

City High Middle School ranked fourth on the publication’s list of Michigan schools and is among the top two percent of high schools in the country.  The Washington Post based its rankings on the number college-level tests administered at the school in a single academic year, divided by the number of graduates that year.  City High Middle School has been consistently ranked among the top high schools in America.

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My Town: Virtual and blended learning schools host info sessions for interested families

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