By Andrew Cluley
Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti school board has approved a $48.7 million dollar budget for the 2003-2004 school year. The budget approved last night doesn't include funds for any raises for teachers. The teachers worked the entire school year without a new contract, but chief financial officer Alan Dowdy says the district can afford its current contract offer, if it's accepted by the Ypsilanti Education Association. The school board also approved start up costs for a literacy academy, a math-science-technology academy, and full day kindergarten. The full-day kindergarten and literacy academy, both to be housed in the Perry Child Development Center, were unanimously approved. The board voted five to two in favor of the math-science-technology academy at Adams Elementary. Trustees Andy Fanta and Floyd Brumfield voted against the technology academy because they are concerned that parents didn't have enough involvement in planning the new academy. Start up costs for the
three programs total nearly $300,000.