This evening at the YCS special meeting I learned that the Ypsilanti/Willow Run merger accrued $18 million dollars in debt. I actually had to check with the person next to me to make sure I heard the figure correctly. Well, I heard right. Wow. I also learned that the district is a whopping $2 million dollars in debt. Double wow. Here's the scoop. There is a district deficit for the 2015-16 school year of $2.43 million dollars that will be taken from its fund balance to make up for the loss. Further, in consideration of the 2016-17 general fund budget, the district is expecting a loss of 300 students.
I left the meeting feeling that the board members to a person are deeply committed to creating a successful enriching and positive school district in Ypsilanti. I can also say the same for superintendent Edmondson. But the challenges are difficult and the climb is steep in regard to overcoming the many obstacles facing Ypsilanti Community Schools.
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