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Kalamazoo schools passes $7.4M budget cut

Cuts will come from lower staffing, pay cuts, and eliminating programs.

Monday night, the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education passed a 2020-2021 budget that includes $7.4 million in cuts to staff and programs.

The plan includes pay cuts for staff making more than $11 per hour, ten layoffs, and the elimination of the district’s Middle School Alternative Learning Program.

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The vote came after a public hearing on the proposed budget. Only one board member, Tandy Moore, voted against it.

Several members of the public questioned the presence of public safety officers in both of the district’s high schools. Policing in schools has become an issue following protests over police abuse of power. The budget approved Monday night continues the contracts that provide the officers.

You can read more at MLive.

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