Inland Lakes Schools handed out pink slips to eight teachers today notifying them that they have been laid off.
These lay offs are strictly projected layoffs at this point. Administrators say at least half of these teachers could be called back, but until the state passes a budget, the teachers will have to assume they will not be with the district next year.
The process is similar to what many schools around northern Michigan have to follow until they get a final say.
By law, Michigan school districts must have their budgets finalized by June. Many administrators haven't received a clear answer to how much funding they will get for the next school year, which is causing districts like Inland Lakes to plan for the worst case scenario.
Inland Lakes Schools must cut a projected $675,000 for next year's budget, which will likely result in less services for students and larger class sizes.
"Well clearly, the less people we have to work with, the less effective we can be in educating kids," said Fred Osborn, Inland Lakes Superintendent. "We know that we want to have small class sizes we want to have the staff to support kids but at the same time, I have to pass a balanced budget."
Osborn said these cuts stem from declining enrollment, which is a similar problem other small districts are facing.