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Bedford Schools discuss funding cuts, school safety

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Bedford Schools have seen a reduction in state aid recently, and now face cuts. They held a meeting Wednesday night to call the public to action.

Superintendent Jon White asked parents to write to Michigan senators, congressmen, and other state leaders,

"Telling them we need our funding restored," White said. "Without the state's cooperation, we're at a loss."

White said the district's funding has been reduced to the amount they received during the 2005-06 school year, but their expenses have continued to rise. In order to make up the difference, he said they will have to make staffing cuts, and possible close a building, as well.

"Nobody wants to see that happen," said Christina McCloud, a concerned parent. "All of our students have formed bonds throughout the year with each other, with their teachers, with the building."

McCloud said that although she is concerned with the way the district may change, she also understands the pressure the school district is under. The school board listened to parents' concerns at the meeting, and will take them into consideration.

The district has already had to eliminate one school resource officer, but they assured parents that they are taking other precautions to keep schools safe, despite cuts.

White said that although they are limited because of reduced funding, the school is using contract deputies – officers from the Sheriff's office who stop by on a random, but regular basis.

They have also made changes to the school entry system.

"We now have what are greeters at the doors," he explained. "These greeters are not volunteers, they are paid, but they are not uniformed guards or security people. We have all of our [exterior] doors locked, and a person who wants entry into our building must go through the greeter, must be screened visually, and then admitted to the school."

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