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Poor attendance reported in Buena Vista School District

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BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

New details from the troubled Buena Vista school district as attendance within the district is not meeting required standards.

The superintendent met with state officials in Lansing but the details of that meeting are being kept under wraps.

But new numbers show how many kids are showing up to class and it's not enough to keep the district in good standing.

Class is in session but where are the students? Buena Vista schools had a 52-percent attendance rate last Friday.

Joseph Woodley, a former Buena Vista student said, "I think it's sad, I think it's real sad. The 52-percent if you really look at the numbers a lot of them kids probably went to other school districts."

Attendance has been on the decline since Buena Vista schools reopened after financial issues shut the district down for two weeks. The State Department of Education says schools must meet a 75-percent attendance requirement to avoid penalties.

The superintendent's weekly report used state student count statistics to figure out the percentages. Last week, three days in a row, Buena Vista schools had less than 75-percent of students show up.

According to the district, the first day kids returned to Buena Vista High School, 91 kids showed up, but last Friday that number was 53.

WNEM talked to Superintendent Deborah Hunter-Harvill. She said she knows attendance is not what it was. Maybe kids enrolled in other districts.

Harvill says, "I think now that Buena Vista is open, a lot of parents are reluctant to bring them back because they don't know if they're going to do the same thing next year."

School board President Randy Jackson says he would like to see a report from the administration to find out what's going on. Officials with the State Department of Education could not comment specifically on these attendance figures.

But they did say districts that fail to meet the 75-percent requirement could face reduced state aid.

WNEM will continue to follow this story and will provide updates as new information comes into the TV5 Newsroom.

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