Future of Buena Vista schools up in air - WNEM TV 5

Future of Buena Vista schools up in air

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BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

The Buena Vista school district says it has a little more time to come up with an emergency financial plan, but the future still remains unclear.

The state is asking the district to submit deficit reduction plans.

The request comes a day after the district said it would not be able to meet its payroll after May 24 due to cuts in state funding.

Officials say it's possible the Buena Vista schools could not exist next year.

The school district admits it's broke. They say they lost a recent tax dispute and then the state announced that it's pulling state aid until July because the school district was receiving money for an education program it no longer offered.

As a result the district says after May 10, it won't be able to pay its employees, including teachers. But the district is hoping educators will stick around.

"We have quite a few administrators, we might have to consider letting them go and at this point, I don't know. I don't know what's going to happen with our seniors," said Randy Jackson, Buena Vista School Board President.

The board expects to vote on a consolidation plan and a resolution to declare a financial emergency at its next meeting Thursday.

Teachers and employees are expected to get their last paycheck on May 10.

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