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A look inside the meeting as Saginaw Schools Superintendent Carlton Jenkins presented his plan.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
Saginaw Schools Superintendent Carlton Jenkins has submitted his proposal for the restructure of the school district.
It was standing room only at the noon school board meeting on Monday as the details were shown to the public for the first time. The meeting lasted for nearly five-and-a-half hours, which included an hour recess, and community members were able to sound off on the plan. Video of parents asking questions is available above.
In the end, the board voted 5-2 on a tweaked plan that would dig the district out of its financial hole.
Those tweaks include the decision that all eighth grade students would attend the high school buildings.
Jenkins' proposal would close Houghton and Merill Park elementary schools, Rubin Daniels Middle School and a staff development building -- but would not close any of the district's high schools.
The Saginaw public school district is expected to vote Monday on a plan that would close one of the city's high schools and lay off dozens of employees.
The school board voted on proposals to trim the district's $32 million budget deficit. District leaders must submit a viable, revised plan to eliminate a $6.1 million yearly deficit or face losing millions of dollars in state aid payments.
Superintendent Carlton Jenkins and the district's administration developed a plan that would eliminate $4.9 million of the deficit. Jenkins' proposal to the school board is as follows:
14.5 Teachers, saving $913,152.00
6 Administrators, saving $691,690.14
8 Secretaries, saving $303,372.88
1 Social Worker, saving $107,059.20
2 Counselors, saving $157,440.00
1 Library Aide, saving $40,934.00
2 Special Education Aides, saving $73,681.92
Total Personnel Savings:
Maintenance Contract Savings:
Houghton Elementary $50,000
Merrill Park Elementary $45,000
Staff Development $25,000
Reduction of Bond Payments $52,549
Utility Savings from the Three Buildings:
Houghton Elementary $50,000
Merrill Park Elementary $34,000
Staff Development $22,000
According to Jenkins' proposal, the Saginaw Public Schools redesign plan includes keeping the following schools in the district.
Heavenrich- District Wide Pre-K
Thompson Academy 6th Grade District-Wide
Arthur Hill Academy 8-12
Saginaw High Academy 8-12
Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy 6-12
Saginaw Career Complex 9-12
The district must submit an approved deficit elimination plan to the state by Tuesday or risk losing millions of dollars in state aid.
Stay with TV5 for continuing coverage on the debt crisis facing Saginaw schools.
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