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See the 56 Michigan school districts with budget deficits
By: Brian Smith
September 13, 2013
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told members of the Michigan Legislature on Thursday that 56 school districts are in budget deficits.

Here is the complete list, based on unaudited figures from the school districts:

Category 1
These are districts or charter schools which, according to the Michigan Department of Education, are projected to have eliminated their budget deficits as of June 30.

Athens Area Schools, $36,977 fund balance
Bellaire Public Schools, $5,904 fund balance
Hale Area Schools, $162,388 fund balance
Hastings Area School System, $575,283 fund balance
Mason County Eastern Schools, $53,367 fund balance
North Adams-Jerome Public Schools, $212,106 fund balance
North Dickinson County Schools, $32,937 fund balance
North Star Academy, $23,539 fund balance
Northpointe Academy, $60,778 fund balance

Category 2
These are districts or charter schools which are projected to have reduced their budget deficit from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

Ashley Community Schools, $161,185 deficit, 6.41 percent of revenue
Avondale School District, $1,050,090 deficit, 2.88 percent of revenue
Bellevue Community Schools, $253,843 deficit, 4.27 percent of revenue
Benton Harbor Area Schools, $14,653,557 deficit, 46.23 percent of revenue
Clintondale Community Schools, $3,614,854 deficit, 11.81 percent of revenue
East Detroit Public Schools, $6,133,938 deficit, 16.38 percent of revenue
Ecorse Public School District, $1,532,025 deficit, 14.4 percent of revenue
Hamtramck Public Schools, $2,924,064 deficit, 9.7 percent of revenue
Hancock Public Schools, $631,700 deficit, 9.73 percent of revenue
Highland Park City Schools, $8,450,955 deficit, 84.93 percent of revenue
Mount Clemens Community Schools, $3,825,049 deficit, 20.7 percent of revenue
Muskegon Heights School District, $322,512 deficit, 2.3 percent of revenue
New Haven Community Schools, $237,487 deficit, 1.99 percent of revenue
Oak Park School District, $3,559,821 deficit, 7.25 percent of revenue
Pontiac School District, $29,985,602 deficit, 39.57 percent of revenue
Redford Union Schools, $3,296,439 deficit, 12.2 percent of revenue
River Rouge School District, $1,516,720 deficit, 9.08 percent of revenue
Saginaw City School District, $4,982,125 deficit, 6.08 percent of revenue
Vanderbilt Area School District, $153,781 deficit, 11.57 percent of revenue
Westwood Community School District, $5,928,271 deficit, 24.09 percent of revenue
Westwood Heights Schools, $8,552 deficit, 0.1 percent of revenue
White Cloud School District, $580,277 deficit, 6.07 percent of revenue

Category 3
These are districts and charter schools that were in deficit July 1, 2012, and are projected to have a larger deficit as of June 30, 2013.

Bedford Public Schools, $1,047,105 deficit, 2.76 percent of revenues
Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District, $3,066,187 deficit, 22.55 percent of revenues
Brighton Area Schools, $8,045,406 deficit, 15.87 percent of revenues
Dearborn Heights School District #7, $1,601,613 deficit, 6.79 percent of revenues
Detroit Public Schools, $82,147,340 deficit, 10.5 percent of revenues
Flint Community Schools, $15,781,011 deficit, 13.28 percent of revenues
HEART Academy, $337,770 deficit, 21.54 percent of revenues
Mackinaw City Public Schools, figures not available
Menominee Area Public Schools, $205,012 deficit, 1.63 percent of revenues
Perry Public Schools, $1,718,462 deficit, 15.15 percent of revenues
School District of the City of Hazel Park, $3,282,486 deficit, 7.97 percent of revenues
Southgate Community Schools, $5,061,769 deficit, 11.51 percent of revenues
Taylor School District, $8,364,478 deficit, 13.31 percent of revenues
Van Dyke Public Schools, $1,151,641 deficit, 3.66 percent of revenues

Category 4
These are districts and charter schools that had positive fund balances on July 1, 2012, but were projected to be in deficit as of June 30, 2013.

Aisha Shule/DuBois Preparatory Academy, $351,251 deficit, 28.76 percent of revenues
Alpena Public Schools, $1,267,061 deficit, 3.68 percent of revenues
Atlanta Community Schools, $111,356 deficit, 3.89 percent of revenues
Bangor Public Schools, $812,119 deficit, 7.55 percent of revenues
Beecher Community School District, $507,365 deficit, 2.57 percent of revenues
Durand Area Schools, $89,191 deficit, 0.67 percent of revenues
Lincoln Consolidated Schools, $1,952,594 deficit, 4.43 percent of revenues
Muskegon Area Schools, $2,042,131 deficit, 3.81 percent of revenues
Pinckney Community Schools, $1,905,730 deficit, 6.04 percent of revenues
Romulus Community Schools, $2,651,848 deficit, 7.7 percent of revenues

Audited figures for all Michigan school districts and charter schools are due by mid-November.

The report also includes a new category specifically for Ypsilanti Community Schools, which was created by the merger of Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools. That district has a deficit of $11.2 million dollars, but the district was approved by the Michigan Finance Authority to issue $18.6 million in 10-year bonds that will retire the district's debt.

Brian Smith is the statewide education and courts reporter for MLive. Email him at or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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