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SISD officially dissolves Buena Vista schools

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BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP (WJRT) -

(07/30/13) - Tuesday, the Saginaw Intermediate School District officially dissolved Buena Vista Schools.

The SISD also revealed where the students from the newly dissolved Buena Vista School District will go in the fall.

Students have been waiting since the state gave the go-ahead to shutdown Buena Vista schools earlier this month.

BV will be divided up, and students will be allowed to enroll in neighboring districts - Bridgeport-Spaulding, Saginaw or Frankenmuth. Parents also still have the school of choice option.

The majority of the students will go to Saginaw Public Schools. It's estimated about 260 students will go there. That includes Buena Vista Property north of Hess, excluding property south of Holland between Towerline and Airport roads.

Bridgeport Spaulding Community Schools will get the second largest portion of students - about 135.

Families living south of East Holland Road between Towerline Road and Airport Road and property south of Hess and West of Airport Road will belong to the Bridgeport-Spaulding district.

Frankenmuth's School District will take Buena Vista property east of Airport Road. It is not known how many students will go to Frankenmuth schools.

Carrollton Public Schools did not receive any students.

Parents also still have the school of choice option, where they can choose to send their child wherever they'd like through open enrollment as long as it hasn't closed.

For a closer look at that boundary map, click HERE.

Saginaw's superintendent was out of town, but we caught up with superintendents from Bridgeport and Frankenmuth, who say they are rolling out the welcome mat for students.

There is no plan for teachers from BV schools, however. It isn't known if any of the districts will look to hire them. We are also told Buena Vista's buildings will go to Saginaw Public Schools.

All this comes after a rocky school year full of uncertainty, which included a district-wide shutdown. It's been a tough process.

"Difficult, very difficult," said Dr. Richard Syrek, superintendent, Saginaw ISD.

Syrek says feedback from the community helped draw up the plan.

"If you can think of a conceivable way of drawing these boundaries, we have used it, and we have looked at the pros and cons of every one of those conceivable ways of drawing those boundaries," he said.

Buena Vista's enrollment has declined drastically, but quite a few students will still be impacted by the changes.

"We have found that there are close to 400 students that were on the records of Buena Vista towards the end of the school year," Syrek said.

Syrek believes he and his staff have come up with the most reasonable solution to BV's situation.

"We've come out with one that we think is the best that we can have," he said.

The superintendents will meet on Aug. 12 to further discuss the transition process.

The ISD says homeowners in Buena Vista will receive information on how to register their children in their new districts in the mail.

If parents still have questions, they are asked to contact the ISD at 989-399-7473.

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