Flint students head back to school - WNEM TV 5

Flint students head back to school

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It wasn't exactly smooth sailing when Yvette Jenkins brought her 5-year-old granddaughter to Flint to register for school Tuesday morning.

"Had a little glitch, you know it's the first day of school and you expect things, she kind of got lost in the system somehow," Jenkins said.

Despite that hiccup, Jenkins said her work as a substitute teacher in the same district gives her confidence in the education her granddaughter will be receiving, but she does still have concerns about the district's ongoing financial problems.

"Financially, it's challenging. I feel for the teachers because given the financial issues in the district, teachers generally have to go in their pockets to help out with supplies," Jenkins said.

The district is facing a $20.4 million deficit and a dwindling student population.

Sadie  Ferrell's four children also attend school in Flint. Her youngest is beginning kindergarten this year. 

"I want my kids to have a good education. Some people are just stuck in Flint, we have to live here," Ferrell said.

Dr. Jesse Kilgore, assistant superintendent for the district, said he understands parents concerns, but believes the school district has a good plan in place to deal with it's budget issues.

"We have wonderful things going on tap, from our education plan, our busing, our dual enrollment, our weighted grading system, all types of new initiatives that are in place right now," Kilgore said.

That's good news for Jenkins and her granddaughter's education.

"I think Flint has a wonderful group of teachers and I'm confident that they are going to do all they can to make sure the children can get what they need," Jenkins said.

This year they decided to bring back 52 teachers that had been laid off.

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