State grants extension to Saginaw Public Schools - WNEM TV 5

State grants extension to Saginaw Public Schools

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The Michigan Department of Education has granted the Saginaw Public Schools an extension to submit their Deficit Elimination Plan past Monday, Feb 10.

The district will receive a formal letter from the MDE on Monday that will outline the new deadline date. This means the district won't need to make a decision about any school mergers or closures during a special Saturday meeting.

The school district was expected to vote Wednesday night on a plan that would close one of the city's high schools and lay off dozens of employees.

That vote had been delayed until Saturday after intense reaction from the community, but the school still remains on a strict timetable when it comes to their budget.

The district still has to make tough decisions necessary to get their budget on track. A $4.8 million deficit looms over the district. One possible solution to help cut the red ink is to close down Saginaw High and merge the students with Arthur Hill.

Under the proposed plan, Saginaw High students would travel to Arthur Hill High School, along with the closure of an elementary school and middle school.

Those are not popular moves with parents.

The words "tradition" and "pride" were used often as parents addressed the board, pleading for another way out of the budget deficit on Wednesday night.

The board planed to make a decision at a special board meeting on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Saginaw High School -- that meeting is still scheduled to take place.

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