State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, honored the efforts Vanderbilt Area Schools to help the district nearly erase its budget deficit over the past two years.
“Vanderbilt now has the smallest budget shortfall of the 10 Michigan school districts to reduce their deficit within 24 months, that’s something to be proud of,” said Cole. “To go from $137,000 in debt to just under $11,000 within two years shows the efforts Vanderbilt’s leaders and school board have made to help the students and families.”
The news of the Otsego County district’s effort was announced during a joint House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Education in Lansing on Wednesday. During testimony by the state school superintendent Brian Whiston and representatives of the state Department of Treasury, they supplied a quarterly financial update of state’s districts that have either had their deficit grow, shrink or be erased since June 2015.
Vanderbilt is one of 10 districts to shrink their financial shortfall, with eight more erasing their deficit since June 2015.
“We’re dedicated in Lansing to helping our school districts with our state budgeting a record amount for K-12 schools during the current school year,” Cole said. “That works well with a dedicated school district like Vanderbilt to make the right decisions while continuing its important mission in educating the children.”