MENOMINEE - The Menominee Area Public Schools Board of Education at December's monthly board meeting approved a new deficit elimination plan.

Superintendent Mike Cattani said the plan will help reduce the district's budget.

Following a recommendation by the finance committee, the board on Thursday approved the bill warrants and payroll in the amount of $928,705.22 from the general fund, $61,561.64 from the school service fund and $20,329.57 from the trust and agency fund for a grand total of $1,010,596.43.

After reviewing and discussing the district's financial information for November, the finance committee determined the overall revenue decreased by $44,543 from the budget adopted in June, and overall expenditures decreased by $130,945.

The amendment illustrates a positive fund balance at the end of the year in the amount of $116,506.

The revised deficit elimination plan reflects the audit information from 2012-13 and the amended budget for the 2013-14 school year.

Cattani said the board can make budget amendments as things change.

The board amended the general fund budget, capital projects fund for the 2013-14 school year and approved revising the revised deficit elimination plan.

The board also adopted a resolution for the annual collection of summer taxes.

In other news, the board approved the 2013-14 junior and senior high school course offering booklets.

New classes being offered for next year are computer applications 1, mass media and digital video, introduction to advanced engineering, manufacturing and design in which the district partnered with local shipbuilding manufacturers.

Bill Paris, high school principal, said there are five other schools in favor of being in partnership for the manufacturing and design course, which would teach students about creating a blueprint, design and implementation and production of a building.

"There's a very strong need of other schools to come here. This is a real tremendous honor if we can get this going," he said.

Students also have the option of graduating from high school with 34 college credits.

Board president Ken Pulver said graduating from Menominee High School with credits as a sophomore in college is great.

"This report is really a hidden jewel we have going on here. Those (students) college bound to go out and save parents a lot of money by being a a sophomore and those going out to work will obtain skills to have a high paying job," he said.

Cattani said the district has partnered with Baker College in Flint, Mich., and UW-Marinette to offer approximately 16 college credit courses. The courses are at a discounted rate than if taken at a college.

Some of the college credit courses are intermediate algebra, pre calculus, trigonometry, a social studies course, and Med Term.

Additionally, the board passed a resolution honoring the Menominee High School boys varsity football team and head coach Joe Noha and his staff.

A few students enrolled in French sang Christmas carols to the board in French.