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Posted: 9:14 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009
Detroit school board votes against backing $500M ballot measure
BY CHASTITY PRATT DAWSEY
FREE PRESS EDUCATION WRITER
The Detroit Board of Education voted tonight against supporting Proposal S, a $500.5-million ballot measure to build and renovate schools. Eight board members voted against supporting the measure; one abstained.
Detroiters will vote on Nov. 3. on the measure that will extend the current tax rate for an additional six years."Proposal S is a snake," board member Reverend David Murray said.
The vote came as the board is entangled in a separate lawsuit and power struggle with Robert Bobb, the state appointee who oversees the district’s budget and who proposed the bond.
In a separate presentation, the district’s chief financial officer reported to the school board that the district has overspent its budget so far this school year by more than $21 million.
Ricardo Kisner, chief financial officer for the district, said the district will have to bring spending in line during the remainder of the school year to make up for the overspending.
Accompanists who work in school music programs were recalled from layoff. Also, Bobb, the emergency financial manager, is considering recalling some counselors who were laid off. The changes that could mean cuts in other areas this school year.
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