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APS inching toward end-of-2013 deficit

September 24, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - Diane Block, assistant superintendent for operations and title 1 director, said Alpena Public Schools is heading toward a looming deficit situation during the board of education's September meeting. Block said there is great potential for deficit at the end of 2013, but APS administration and staff are making significant changes as part of Due Diligence planning that may affect the outcome.

Block reported Due Diligence updates and the success of new events hosted by APS, including the back-to-school mall event, which was inspired by Due Diligence planning.

"The event was a smashing, resounding, huge success. We got a lot of positive publicity and feedback," Block said. "We also have yard sings that help with branding and marketing, getting our name out there, and reminding people we have a lot to offer."

Block will report on Due Diligence updates at every board meeting, she said, while APS continues to pursue open forums and meetings, and connecting various building leaders to move forward with Due Diligence planning.

"We want to make sure everyone knows what's happening and why; our goal is transparency," Block said.

Superintendent Brent Holcomb said it was logical to push marketing with the start of school, and transparency will allow the community to understand APS finances, and an enhancement millage attempt.

"We have a good product, we have something very special here ... It's time to remind the community what we have and what we stand for," he said.

Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5687.



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