HOLLY, Michigan – Superintendent Kent Barnes delivered the first round of proposed budget cuts during the March 12 Holly Area Schools Board of Education meeting. Charged with slashing $3.3 million from the district’s budget, Barnes initial pass added up to $2.6 million in proposed cuts. He is expected to propose an additional $680,000 in cuts to balance the budget during the upcoming board meeting next week.
Holly band students and parents are particularly upset by Barnes’ recommendation to eliminate one of the districts two band directors, thereby allowing the program to continue, but placing the burden of the entire program on the shoulders of one director.
With an estimated 450 students involved in the Holly band program, many parents and students believe it will be impossible for one director to interact with all of the students while maintaining the level of excellence the current band program now boasts.
HOLLY, Michigan - Holly’s Board of Education held its monthly meeting in the Karl Richter Auditorium Monday night in order to accommodate a larger turn out than usual as Superintendent Kent Barnes made his recommendations to the board in cutting an additional $3.3 million from an already lean 2012-2013 budget.
Before outlining his recommendations, Barnes talked about the reasoning behind the proposed cuts.
“As a reminder, our former foundation allowance of $7,316 will still remain at the reduced foundation allowance of $6,846, or a reduction of $470 per pupil,” Barnes said. “If our school district still received the $470 per student, I could offer a much better set of recommendations.”