Shorter School Year for Negaunee

Nor for something we mentioned briefly last night on UGN News.

Starting Monday, the Negaunee Public Schools will be changing the class schedule.

The district is looking at a more than $250,000 deficit for the remainder of the school year.

To offset that, the year is being shortened by a week, which should save about $35,000.

Superintendent Jim Derocher says the last day of class was originally June 11th, but now it’ll be June 4th instead.

The days they are still in class will be half an hour longer to compensate.

The change to the calendar will help out this year, but the district is projecting a $1.2 million deficit for next school year.

So, unfortunately, more cuts will probably have to be made to the district’s $12 million budget.

Derocher wants families to help decide what cuts should or shouldn’t be made.

The school district is having a special budget hearing open to the public on March 4th at 7pm in the high school auditorium.