High school could close under plan - WNEM TV 5


No decision on closing Saginaw High School - yet

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UPDATE: WNEM.com has learned that school board members say no decision on closing Saginaw High and merging it with Arthur Hill will happen Wednesday night. It's possible that at another school board meeting either Thursday or Friday, that a decision could be made at that time.



The Saginaw School District could close several buildings, including Saginaw High School, as it works to reduce a $5 million deficit.

Last night the district presented its plan to a room full of stunned parents and community members.

The plans include several changes to buildings in the district.  Those changes include closing Saginaw High School, and sending the students to Arthur Hill High School.  Using Thompson as the only middle school, and combining elementary schools.  The plan would take the district from 17 buildings to 14.

But the cuts don't end there.  The district would also eliminate nearly 40 teachers, 4 administrators and 14 other positions.

The state of Michigan has given the district until Feb. 10 to show how they are going to make up the multi-million dollar budget shortfall that starts with the next school year, and ends in 2016.

The Saginaw School board could vote on the plan Wednesday night. If it's approved, then the state can consider it.  But there is no guarantee it will be accepted.

Count on WNEM TV5 and WNEM.com for continuing coverage as this story continues to develop.

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