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Last year for one Saginaw high school

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More changes are still on the way for Saginaw schools.

Next year on opening day one high school will be closed. Budget problems mean either Arthur Hill or Saginaw High will be shuttered for good.  

As students got off their buses in front of Arthur Hill High School in the early morning light, many of them knew they might have different classmates next year.      

In July Saginaw schools announced it will close either Arthur Hill or Saginaw High to save money. Students have mixed feelings about the move.

"I think it will be a great opportunity for us kids, you know I'm cool with it, so happy to see where it goes," Markcus Perkins said.

Arlania Payne felt differently.

"It don't even make sense, cause we already had a lot of problems with things like the games and stuff and their cheerleaders and our cheerleaders almost end up fighting and it's a lot of rivalries type of stuff going on. So I don't think it's a good idea," Payne said.

The district needs to trim one of the high schools because it needs to cut a more than $7 million budget shortfall. The change goes into effect for the 2015 to 2016 school year.

The parents also have some mixed feelings about combining the two schools.

"I don't think they should do it. I think they should keep this school going the way it is. I think that's too much for one school, too many kids in one building," Nikki Nelson said.

Oswald Bentley Jr. said the merge might be a good thing.

"Well, I'm not really from this area, we just moved here, but I think it'd be alright depending on the amount of people going to the schools, the tax base and everything else. I think it's alright as long as they get qualified, quality education," Bentley said.

While some students don't mind the idea of a merger, all the students TV5 talked with want the other school to close.

The district said it will be closer to a decision over which school will close by the end of November.

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