MCC talks proposed budget, snow days
Mount spoke to school board trustees about the budget Monday at MCC High School, noting that there are several potential strengths to the proposal, including weighted funding allocations for students whose education could be more costly.
“Gov. Whitmer’s budget proposal is, from our perspective, a really good governor’s proposal,” Mount said. “She has additional funding and new funding for special education students, recognizing that they might cost an extra few dollars, and she has additional dollars for economically disadvantaged (students) and for career and technical education (CTE).”
He said he’s pleased with the proposed $507 million investment in the School Aid Fund, but noted that there are a few portions of the proposal that don’t help rural schools as much as they could.
Whitmer’s budget would change the formula by which school funding is allocated, and while it would result in a per-pupil increase of 2.3 percent — from $7,871 to $8,051 — Mount said that increase is not as high as he would like it to be.
Another area of the proposed budget that Mount finds lacking is the funding for public school transportation, which would still be based on an across-the-board allowance.