Buena Vista parents seek schooling options, local district steps up
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -
Frustration is setting in for parents as they wait to find out if their children will ever have class again in Buena Vista Schools.
"I don't like what's going on," said Taneesha Smith, a parent of a student.
Smith's daughter is a first-grader at Henry Dorr Elementary. She said her daughter wakes up every morning and wants to go to school.
"I'm going to have to transfer her out of Buena Vista. I have no choice. She can't just not be in school," said Smith.
Many parents TV5 has spoken with in the last few days have those exact thoughts. The district is not able to answer what the future holds, so some parents have taken matters into their own hands. Carrollton School Superintendent Dr. Craig Douglas said his schools have seats open.
"(I'll) do whatever I can, case by case basis. We've got the process for school of choice. That enrollment process is in place, so we don't have to reinvent the wheel. The wheel is there," said Douglas.
Douglas said parents can fill out school of choice applications, and if they meet the district's requirements and if they can accommodate, he's willing to work with them to get them in. On the county level, Saginaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Syrek said his team is working on a plan to help.
"Seeing if there's a way that we can get these youngsters educated through the rest of this school year, that's all we're trying to do. The no. 1 item here, in fact the only item, is to get these students educated at least through the end of this year," said Syrek.
Right now, there's no solid plan in place. Smith said she hopes Buena Vista can open for the rest of the year, but said this year's going to be the last year her daughter will spend in this district.
"I'm done. I'm hoping right now they do open it back up so she can promote to the next grade, but then she's gone," said Smith.
Saginaw School District spokesperson tells TV5 Saginaw schools are waiting for the SISD to get a plan together before they accept students.
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