As part of its deficit elimination plan, the Flint School Board voted to cut staff pay by 19 percent.

Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins said the cuts were necessary in order to held the district reduce its multi-million dollar deficit and "this is the toughest decision that we've had to make to date." Only one board member, David Davenport, voted against the cuts saying its time for new leadership and that "the state's better off coming in, getting this thing straight, while it's a low number of a deficit."

According to WNEM, other things agreed upon at Monday night's meeting as part of the deficit elimination plan being turned into the state included staff member cuts, increased class sizes, elimination of the district's adult education program and the closure of the Sarvis Center.