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Find local things to do List your event click Add your own event to fill out the form Deadline for print calendar, space permitting, 10 a.m. Monday Details: e-mail or call Tovah Olson at 517-702-4234 DeWitt-Bath Review © 2011 Lansing Community Newspapers TM Your very own newspaper serving Southern Clinton County since 1979 Vol. 37 - No. 28 May 1, 2011 DPS board anticipates more cuts Twice as nice Teaching positions, bus runs under consideration for 2011-12 Ken Palmer DeWITT — School officials are preparing a new budget that could eliminate more than a dozen teaching positions and nine support staff as the district tries to cope with another likely cut in state aid. The proposed 2011-12 DeWitt Public Schools budget also calls for eliminating two bus runs and would leave the district with a smaller fund balance. Over the past five years, the district has trimmed about $5 million from its budget and avoided cutting programs, Board of Education President Mark Kellogg said in the board’s April 25 meeting. This is the first time it’s talked about cutting teaching positions, he said. “We just keep taking cuts and taking cuts,” he said. “If we have to take $380,000 from the fund balance, we’re willing to do that to avoid program cuts. We’ve cut through everything else.” The board approved the framework for the budget last week but won’t actually adopt a new budget until June 13. The numbers could change, depending on what happens with the state-aid picture. “We hope this is not what we’ll be approving on June 13,” Superintendent John Deiter said. “We’re hoping that this is really a worst-case scenario and that things will get better.” The district would lose more than $900,000 in state aid under Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, which calls for cuts to school districts of $300 per student. That cut would be in addition to a $170-per-student reduction already in place. The lost revenue, coupled with rising costs for things such as retirement contributions, would leave the disSee DEWITT SCHOOLS, Page 3 Key issues await area voters on May 3 Tom Thelen Bath freshman Ryan Orr races to first base in the Bees’ doubleheader sweep of league rival Fulton on April 21. For story see page 18. COURTESY PHOTO BY MARC WARHER. 0 DeWITT — Area voters will decide two key issues at the polls on Tuesday, May 3. Residents of the Bath School District will decide which candidates will fill two seats on the district’s Board of Education. Each seat has a four-year term. Candidates for the two seats include Sam Bachelor, Vicky Cummings and Nancy Hawkins. Bachelor and Hawkins currently hold the two seats on the board. Also, residents of Clinton County will decide the fate of a proposed Turn % onForZero 24 months increase to the monthly 911 surcharge. The ballot proposal requests an increase from the current $2 per month to $2.25 per month to any device with the ability to dial 9-1-1. Funds raised through the increase would be used to make improvements to the 9-1-1 communication system. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 3. Poll locations for the May 3 election are as follows: • City of DeWitt Precinct 1: DeWitt City Hall, 414 E. Main St., DeWitt. • City of DeWitt Precinct 2: DeWitt Fire Station, 911 W. Main St., DeWitt. • DeWitt Township Precincts 1 and * *For Qualified Buyers Now open until 7pm on Wednesday 2: Herbison Woods School, access from Herbison or Schavey roads, DeWitt. • DeWitt Township Precincts 3 and 4: Herbison Road Fire Station, 1445 W. Herbison Road, DeWitt. • DeWitt Township Precincts 5, 6 and 7: DeWitt Twp. Community Center, 16101 Brook Road, Lansing. • Bath Township Precinct 1: Bath Twp. Hall, 14480 Webster Road, Bath. • Bath Township Precinct 2: Bath Community Center, 5959 Park Lake Road, Bath. • Bath Township Precinct 3: Bath Middle School auditorium, 13675 Webster Road, Bath. See ELECTION, Page 3 12263 Old US 27 DeWitt, MI 48820 517-669-5533 LJ-0100086625 How to reach us: Advertising: 517-377-1141 Circulation: 866-226-1812 News: 517-543-9913 Classifieds: 877-475-SELL or 877-391-SELL

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