COLDWATER (WTVB) - It’s going to be an even tighter squeeze for budget planning in a trio of K-12 school systems in Branch County in the aftermath of the rejection at the polls Tuesday of a Branch Intermediate School District special education millage proposal. The levy defeat moves those costs from the BISD onto the spending blueprints for the Coldwater, Quincy, and Bronson school districts. In Coldwater, school superintendent Dr. Tina Kerr said she was disappointed and a bit surprised that the millage question was so soundly defeated with the outcome suggesting the public may not have completely understood where the funding stream starts and how the monies are spent. She says they need to regroup and determine if that was the case. Kerr also pointed to some apparent issues that entered the millage campaign such as a focus on salaries. According to Kerr, the bottom line for the Coldwater district will be a funding liability of around $400,000, an amount she says will have to be taken from somewhere and that’s very problematical since they’re already dealing with a budget deficit.
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