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Walled Lake Consolidated Schools engages Plante Moran Cresa for recommendations to reduce $24 million deficit

November 5, 2013 Case Study 1 min read
Facing decreases in state aid funding and declining enrollment in grade school levels, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools sought new ideas to reduce a $24 million deficit. 
Walled Lake Northern High School Cafeteria
Walled Lake Northern High School Cafeteria
Walled Lake Northern High School Full Exterior
Walled Lake Northern High School Campus
Walled Lake Northern High School Exterior
Walled Lake Northern High School Exterior
Walled Lake Northern High School Pool
Walled Lake Northern High School Pool
Walled Lake Northern High School Stadium
Walled Lake Northern High School Stadium

The challenge

Facing decreases in state aid funding and declining enrollment in grade school levels, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools (WLCS) was under a tight deadline to come up with ideas to reduce its $24 million deficit. The district had to provide recommendations to the school board prior to the end of the fiscal year (June 2011).

The solution

WLCS retained Plante Moran Cresa (PMC) to gather information for the stakeholders. PMC teamed with the Michigan Leadership Institute and the district’s architect to review existing operational, facility, and financial conditions before providing recommendations to the board that would help reduce the deficit. 

The benefit

The board reviewed eight different options presented as a result of PMC's facility assessment, ultimately choosing the option ranked highest by the community, the administration, and online surveys. The recommendations also provided the district with a long-term facility plan.

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