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Saginaw school district makes more cuts

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More cuts are on tap for the Saginaw school district as it looks to the future. The board voted on a budget for the 2015-2016 school year on Thursday night.

Possibly, the most controversial cut was to the athletic department.

Starting in the fall of 2015, the board plans to change to a self-funded athletic program providing no public funding to any sports in the district.

The board also voted to forfeit their own stipends starting July 1. But it's not all cuts.

Part of the plan includes the anticipated passage of a senate bill that would give the district $2.5 million for the dissolution of Buena Vista schools.

"This is going to be a new legislation that is going to come down to help dissolved schools," says district Superintendent Carlton Jenkins. "We took a portion of the students, we took on the liabilities as you recall, we took on all the buildings with the liabilities."

The district turned in its deficit elimination plan for the upcoming school year on Tuesday, which shaves about $5 million from the budget.

But the state asked the board to also present a plan for the following year to make sure it stays on track.

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