Brandywine news in brief 1-9Published 11:07pm Monday, January 9, 2012
• Brandywine Supt. John Jarpe reported Monday that Gov. Rick Snyder indicated in December he has no plans to reducing school aid funding in the upcoming budget.
“We, as most superintendents, would like to see the cuts from last year restored to the school aid fund,” Jarpe said.
Some “encouraging news,” he said, was that as the state’s economy improves, “they will try to address the school retirement fund.”
About 24 cents of every dollar is going toward the district’s retirement funding, Jarpe said.
• Brandywine Community Schools is considering a bus purchase plan. The district has 13 buses; the oldest is from 1997 and the newest is a 2006 model. Six are 2001 buses.
Although the buses operate OK — this may be attributed to the district’s small busing area — many are rusting significantly. The district has spent $40,000 to $50,000 on rust repairs.
The school board decided Monday to move forward with a plan to map out future bus purchases.