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Buena Vista Schools postpone consolidation plan

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BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

It will be at least another two weeks before Buena Vista Schools decides how to consolidate the district.

As required by a state-mandated deficit elimination plan, the district must figure out how to trim $1 million from its budget. A vote on options to reconfigure schools was supposed to happen Thursday night.

Among several options presented to the board of education would be to close the central office as well as Doerr Elementary and the Phoenix Science and Technology Center. It's an option that would save $598,000.

That still puts the district about $400,000 shy of its million-dollar goal.

Buena Vista High School would then house grades pre-kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade.

The district is also looking at saving additional funds by outsourcing transportation services to either a third party or possibly a neighboring district.

The district's athletic director, Michael Carter, who is also the high school football coach, was fired.

It came as a surprise to some on the school board.

Carter thinks he was let go because he held some sort of fundraiser, something about which he says school board members knew.

Carter thinks his firing was personal, and he says he does plan to sue the district for wrongful termination.

Meanwhile, Buena Vista Schools is facing a lot of other issues as the school announced that it only has a 60-percent graduation rate.

No third-, sixth-, or eighth-graders were proficient in several Michigan Education Assessment Program categories. And in an effort to save money, the district fired 23 employees last summer.

WNEM will continue to follow this story and will provide updates as new information is learned.

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