25 Positions, including teachers, to be cut from Pontiac schools

Interim school superintendent of Pontiac Schools says he will cut more than 2 dozen positions to help balance budget


PONTIAC, Mich. – Pontiac Schools superintendent Walter Burt says he will cut 25 jobs including teachers, special education support and principals for the 2012-2013 school year.

The decision comes as the state of Michigan withholds aid payments until $15 million is cut from the district's budget.

The cuts announced Friday come in addition to 47 teachers the superintendent pink slipped earlier this year.

"It's hard to find good teachers," said Nicole Pettaway, a Pontiac parent. "It's hard to find a good school and you know when you do have good ones they get rid of those first. It doesn't make any sense."

The school administration is also in ongoing negotiations to see if they can get any more concessions from unions.

"Get it together. Our kids need a good education ya know," said Jackie Smith a Pontiac school parent. "I'd hate to take my child out of school and put her in a Waterford School, but that's what we after to do."