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2016-17 Budget Updates
June 27, 2016 Update

The Utica Community Schools on Monday unanimously approved 35 layoffs to full time teachers as part of its balanced $277.6 million budget.


Monday’s action was necessary to implement the enrollment-based staffing reductions approved by the Board of Education when it unanimously adopted its budget on June 13.


“This is a necessary step in getting our expenditures and revenue in line, but it is something that we don’t take lightly,” said Board of Education president Dr. Carol Klenow.


The adopted 2016-2017 budget, which meets all contractual and state legal obligations, while maintaining the district’s core academic and extracurricular programs, was balanced through budget reductions, cost containment, revenue enhancements and the use of fund equity – or reserves. 


District officials continue to address gaps between the district’s revenue and expenditures resulting from enrollment decreases, staffing costs and ongoing structural challenges related to Michigan’s funding formula for schools.


The budget takes effect on July 1, 2016.


The recent layoffs are based on the district’s declining enrollment. The district has experienced enrollment declines as a result of falling birth rates in Macomb County and the State of Michigan.


Total enrollment for 2016-2017 is projected to be 27,683, a decline of 440 students. The district is expected to experience a reduction of nearly 1,132 additional students over the following four years.


As Michigan’s second largest school district, Utica Community Schools has 36 schools and a teaching staff of approximately 1,400.


More information on the district’s $277.6 million total operating budget is available on the UCS website at the right.

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