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Residents of Kalkaska, Mich., have voted for the sixth-straight time to reject a property-tax increase, leaving school officials to predict that once again the district will have to close its doors early.

Local officials were reduced to hoping that the winter in northern Michigan will be severe this year, so that an increased number of snow days will help lengthen the school year. The district already has cut busing, started charging a $50 fee to high school athletes, and laid off workers in an attempt to pare its budget.

Similar budget problems closed the 2,300-student district last March--10 weeks early.

The closure brought national attention to the district and indirectly led to the radical changes in the state school-finance system now being considered by the legislature. (See Education Week, March 31, 1993.)

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