Welcome to Almont Community Schools
401 Church Street
Almont, MI 48003
Joseph B.Candela, Superintendent
Student Population: 1497
(count includes PreSchool and VLAC)
Letter to the Community
June 30, 2015
Dear Almont Community Schools Families and Staff,
As you know, Almont Community Schools, like most schools in the state, receive the majority of our funding from the per pupil foundation allowance. Each June, the Board of Education adopts a budget with a projected enrollment. Over multiple years the district has seen declining enrollment. This declining enrollment has caused the district to adjust contracts, close a building, take pay freezes, work with less people, and spend fund equity, all to preserve the fantastic programs that we offer our students. We understand that our best asset is the people that work in our schools. These people provide the great education that is expected from our community.
After reviewing our revenues to expenditures for 2014/2015, it has been recommended to the Board of Education that a reduction in staff needs to take place in the fall. The Board has decided to reduce our staff as follows; one teacher at the Primary and one teacher at the High School. We will also not replace three teachers that have retired or resigned. These moves are being put in place to help the district alleviate any short fall. We must remain financially responsible to our staff and community, while trying to maintain the very best programs for all of our students. We will continue to strive in meeting both!
Delivering this type of news to our families and employees is never easy for myself or our Board of Education. We value all our employees and are thankful for the outstanding work they do each and every day with our students. It is my job as Superintendent of Almont Community Schools to keep you informed, as parents and taxpayers, of the decisions that may impact you, your child, and the school district. It is with your support, and the perseverance of our dedicated staff, that we will preserve both the education and fiscal responsibility that has made Almont Community Schools one of the premier schools in the Tri-County area! I thank you for the privilege you give us in sending your child to our school!
Should you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.
Joseph Candela, Superintendent
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