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School Community Update
 John Strycker — Superintendent
June 28, 2017


Algonac Schools Budget Turning a Corner 

     Algonac Community Schools held their annual budget hearing Monday night regarding the final 2016-17 amended budget and the 2017-18 proposed budget. 

     The Board approved the final budget amendment for 2016-17 with an ending fund balance of $220,983 or 1.34%.  The Board also approved the initial 2017-18 budget with a projected ending fund balance of $800,720 or 5.09%.

      “For the first time in years we anticipate positive spending with an ending fund balance of about $800,000 for the 2017-18 fiscal year,” indicated Superintendent John Strycker. 

       “In the past three years, we will have reduced our expenditures by about $2.5 to $3 million without cutting one student program.  In fact, we added programs such as robotics and our drama club.  We also no longer charge our student athletes to participate in sports and let our students in free to games if they wear their school family shirt.”

“I am pleased with our team effort as we now anticipate a 5% fund balance or greater moving forward.”

        Board action items for the month were the MHSAA membership resolution, resolution for certifying the millage rate for 2017-18, renewal of the service agreement w/RESA for payroll & benefit administration, ELA curriculum resources and a classroom computer technology purchase.

       The Board also approved a refunding of the 2009 Bonds saving taxpayers thousands of dollars over the life of the bond refinance. 

      The final action items for the meeting were the approval of the Educational Support Personnel contract along with the Local 517 SEIU (Maintenance/Custodial) contract. 

       “Once again, I am very proud of our employees and their team spirit as we work together in contract negotiations.  As with our Teachers Association, our support and custodial/maintenance staff have agreed to a contract in the best interest of their members and our students,” said Strycker.   

Regarding any questions or concerns, please call John Strycker, Superintendent, at (989)233-2490.

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