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Superintendent promises transparency at community forum

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Backyard football games will soon make way for the real deal.

And with action back on the gridiron, it means the school year is inching closer to its start.

But with a few recent redirects in the Saginaw school district, questions loom about its game plan.

Nathaniel McClain is the new superintendent and he said he's bringing an outlook he hopes people will buy into.

Tonight, PTA president Kim Hamilton organized a community forum to discuss the future with the new head guy.

"If he's genuine to what he says he's going to do, as far as the direction he's going to take it, it's a good thing," Hamilton said.

McClain said getting more involved and being more transparent is part of that game plan.

"Can't be in drive and you can't be in reverse, so I think we're in a situation where we really want to move forward,” McClain said. “I think in order to take this district to the next level, we have to engage our community, the stakeholders, in a way that's more proactive."

McClain said the decisions made from his position will be geared for the children, while keeping a balanced budget.

He takes over the district clear of its deficit, and as a 1988 graduate of Saginaw High School, he plans to keep it that way while making it great again.

"I'll be in a position, at a level of permanency, that I think people need to identify with, as opposed to all the turnover that we've had," McClain said.

Tonight, Hamilton said he's leaving feeling positive and hopes any dysfunction in this district will be a thing of the past.

"We just need to work together, like I said, what the district works for the children," Hamilton said.

During the meeting, McClain also addressed the question of closing a high school. He said that is not in his plans, but enrollment needs to improve.

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