Dowagiac Union Schools facing big budget crunch

A Michigan school is facing a big financial burden, thanks to state education funding cuts.

Dowagiac Union Schools are looking at an $800,000 deficit for the 2009-10 school year.

Next year, for 2010-11, that could rise to anywhere from $980,000 to $1.7 million dollars.

This all comes as Michigan lawmakers plan to cut nearly $300 dollars per student from funding as the state faces its own budget woes.

Dowagiac school officials say the legislature has until December 1st to retract part of those cuts and ease part of the burden, so they’re keeping fingers crossed. Meanwhile they're working in committees to come up with ways to reduce spending.

The superintendent calls the process painful and says it's creating a lot of negative energy.

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