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Lansing school board approves a lean budget for the upcoming school year

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The Lansing school board last night approved the district's budget for next year.

The $142 million spending plan is $25 million smaller than the current year budget.    The district is tightening its belt, including laying off between 90 and 100 employees.

Yvonne Caamal Canul is Lansing’s school superintendent. She describes the budget plan as setting a baseline for the district, one the district can grow from in the future.

Right now, it’s about preparing for this fall. 

“We really need to address the layoffs and make sure we have class sizes fixed and we’re moving forward with getting the school year started,” says the superintendent.

Lansing's teachers' union agreed to major concessions in a new contract ratified in March, helping to pave the way for the spending plan approved last night.

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