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Education is a big issue in northern Michigan, whether we're reporting on school funding issues to breakthroughs in the classroom.

Big Mid-Year Cuts For Suttons Bay Schools

Suttons Bay Schools


Just this fall, IPR highlighted Suttons Bay Public Schools as a district that has used creative budgeting, online programs and fundraisers to remain solvent.

But one of those solutions backfired this year.

A large number of students enrolled in online programs didn’t show up, at least not at the right time.

Now hundreds-of-thousands of dollars have to be shaved from the Suttons Bay budget. Teachers will take an immediate five-percent pay cut. A few have even agreed to retire mid-year.

We asked Suttons Bay Board Member Roger Merriman to explain what went wrong.