School board to vote to shut down local high school - WNEM TV 5

School board to vote to shut down local high school

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The Saginaw school board will meet to discuss their $7 million budget deficit Wednesday night.

That deficit is more than double what they thought it would be when they ended the school year.

"The superintendent has been extremely vague in the forefront of what's really going to happen," school board member Rudy Patterson said.

He said he doesn't know what to expect as the district tries to reduce its $7.2 million budget deficit. He said he did get an email from Superintendent Carlton Jenkins that outlines a proposal to get Saginaw schools on stable financial ground. 

"Concessions from the unions. Especially the teachers union. And there's also the closing of a high school. The superintendent wouldn't name which one," Patterson said.

Patterson claims Jenkins is trying to keep his meeting hush hush. That's why Patterson talked to TV5. He hopes to get the word out and draw a huge crowd to Wednesday's gathering.

"We're voting tonight to the best of my knowledge. Tonight is our action meeting and that's where we vote the deficit elimination plan in," Patterson said.

According to Patterson, that means one high school could be on the chopping block. Something he says parents and students needed to know before the meeting.

"These guys are our customers. And they should've been notified properly to come out to voice their opinion," Patterson said.

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