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
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
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.