Monday, May 2, 2011
NEWS: K-12 Funding Deficit Meeting
Midland resident Ed Haycock, 41, sits frustrated with his head in his hands as he tries to educate himself Monday night at Central Middle School during a funding forum hosted by the Midland Public Schools Board of Education as they discuss K-12 funding cuts proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators that could mean an additional $13.5 million in spending cuts from the district during the next two years. Haycock has two daughters: Emma, 12, who attends Northeast Middle School, and Ellie, 8, who attends Chestnut Hill Elementary School. Haycock said the deficit is "shocking to say the least," but not to give up on Midland Public Schools. "I believe that there is hope," he said. "It's going to be a long tough road, but Midland is a strong community and has passion, and hopefully we can work through this."