Manistee Area Public Schools

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Michigan schools are preparing for some of the deepest funding cuts in nearly three decades. Some small rural school districts Up North hope to avoid layoffs or cut programs.

They’re more worried about the basics, like bussing, hiring and cleaning.

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This year, many northern Michigan schools forecast student lunch debt, and without regulation from government to collect those dues, districts have to figure it out on their own.

School lunch debt has increased in recent years to the point where the median amount each district carries is just over $3,000, according to the School Nutrition Association —  a professional organization that monitors lunches at schools.

At least two counties have declared emergencies because of the sub-zero cold snap that’s swept the state, and almost every school in Michigan is expected to remain closed for a second day.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says at least 25 hundred plows have been deployed to clear state highways and local roads. Governor Rick Snyder made a stop by an operations center in Detroit that’s monitoring road conditions. He says people who can’t sit out the cold spell should take it very slow and careful on the roads that may be cleared, but are still icy.

Tri-District Virtual School To Compete This Fall

Aug 16, 2013

Three small northern Michigan school districts are teaming up next year to form a new cyber school. Suttons Bay, Manistee and Crawford AuSable all had their own online programs before joining forces for the Great Lakes K12 Virtual School. The consortium will serve all of the northern Lower Peninsula but it will have to compete with two statewide cyber schools.