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Saginaw residents uneasy about fate of Saginaw Schools

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Former students from both Saginaw High School and Arthur Hill High School say they feel uneasy about the fate of Saginaw schools. 

The district is considering a plan to close Saginaw High School, merging all high school students at the Arthur Hill building, and close two other buildings -- all to reduce the districts multi-million dollar deficit.

"It's not a good idea we have a bunch of youth gangs in the city of Saginaw and I think we'll be sorry if we out the schools together," said one Saginaw High School grad.

"I don't know how it will be possible because everybody I went to the hill with didn't want to go to the high. And everybody who didn't want to go the high went to the hill," said a former Arthur hill student.

"The Saginaw-Arthur Hill rivalry is just going to carry on the school and sad to say, but its a possible cause of more violence in the school also," said a Saginaw resident.

The Saginaw School Board will meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the district's Administration Building.  The board says they will not make any decisions tonight, but will discuss options for getting the district out of debt.

The Michigan Department of Education has extended the deadline to Tuesday, February 18, 2014 for Saginaw Public Schools to submit the revised DEP and board approved budget.

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