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District's Millage Urgency Claims Don't Match Facts

Alcona Community Schools official says money needed to stop flow of huge staff cuts

In an effort to drum up support for an upcoming millage, Alcona Community Schools Superintendent Shawn Thornton is quoted in a local newspaper claiming teaching and support staff have been cut almost in half.

The Alpena News ran its article with the headline: “Millage needs to pass for Alcona Schools

However, state data shows that teacher staffing levels went from about 66 to 53, a 19 percent reduction, which is slightly less than enrollment reductions.

Thornton didn’t reply to a request for comment.

Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational School District is proposing a regional enhancement millage that would raise about $5.6 million for four districts. Alcona would get $1.5 million. The election is Feb. 26. 

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