(WXYZ) - Parents packed the Warren Consolidated Schools building to hear from their superintendent about plans to save the district money.
The cost cutting hits home for families going to three WCS schools. One school is being forced to accept a larger student population and two more are being re-purposed.
Tim Bednard has two children in Warren schools. He walks his daughter one block to her school every day, but that’s going to change next fall as her school, Grissom Elementary, is being re-purposed away from elementary studies into early-childhood, or other curriculum.
Even though the Bednard family hasn’t moved, his third grader will be going to yet another school.
For Rochelle Kelley, her student will be forced to change his routine, which can be devastating to an autistic child.
The district claims the state is denying schools money and Warren Consolidated has lost $20 million over five years in state funding as a result.
Warren is currently running a deficit of $3.7 million and the superintendent says something had to give.