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Albion Public Schools faces major deficit, but they are not alone in suffering

By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot Albion is one of a growing number of Michigan school districts that are passing deficit budgets that put them under state oversight. The Albion School Board last week approved a deficit budget for 2010-11 because it was facing a $1.48 million dollar shortfall. The district will … Continue reading

Newlyweds get running start on marriage at Concord Classic 5k Run/Walk

By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot Mark and Mistique Ott’s first full day of marriage began with a gunshot and the groom running from the bride — exactly how they envisioned it. The Jackson couple were married on The Falling Waters Trail at 6 a.m. Friday and by 8:45 a.m. Saturday they … Continue reading

Clarke addresses disciplinary action of principal accused of using profanity, his own future at Albion

By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot Albion Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Clarke answered questions this week about the disciplinary action of Harrington Elementary Principal Craig Wilson and his own future with the district. Clarke said he could not disclose details about the district’s actions regarding Wilson — after retired teacher Kate Hayes … Continue reading

Albion School Board OKs budget with $1.48 million deficit

By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot Talks of eliminating high school sports, reducing staff and eliminating transportation for students have become a necessity in Albion. By a 5-2 vote Tuesday, the Albion School Board adopted a 2010-11 budget that will tentatively create a $1.48 million deficit and effectively wipe out the remaining … Continue reading

City of Albion in the red for 2009 expenditures

By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot The city of Albion is dealing with a yearly budget deficit for the first time in five years, but the city manager and auditors see it primarily as a sign of the times. Bill Tucker of Abraham and Gaffney PC said the city brought in approximately … Continue reading