UCS addresses impact of federal aid reduction, proposed change in state aid formula and enrollment decline
UCS addresses impact of federal aid reduction, proposed change in state aid formula and enrollment decline
Posted on 06/27/2017
District Logo

Reductions in federal funding for Title I programs, a proposed change in the formula for state aid for teachers assigned to non-public schools and an enrollment decline have resulted in staff reductions in Utica Community Schools.

The Board of Education on June 26 unanimously approved 47 layoffs to offset the federal and state revenue changes and an approximately one percent decrease in the number of students.

The district is projecting a total enrollment decline of 292 students in its fall enrollment count – 213 students through the reduction in the shared time program (teachers assigned to non-public schools) and 79 students through declining birth rates. 

“Revenue for our school district comes directly from the State of Michigan and the federal government, and any changes at those levels have a direct impact on our district,” said Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns. “Utica Community Schools is required by law to have a balanced budget.”

Under the proposed state aid budget, which has not yet been signed into legislation by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the State of Michigan will reduce by 25 percent per pupil aid for non-public – or shared-time – staff, which does not reflect the program’s full cost. The loss of the shared time program reduces 14 teachers. 

At the federal level, the district will receive a $700,000 reduction in Title I funding. Title I is a federal grant for schools to provide students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals with resources and services, which may include support staff and specialized teachers.