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Saginaw School leaders propose closure of high school

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SAGINAW (WJRT) -

(02/04/14) - The Saginaw School Board is preparing to make a historic vote.

Board members will vote Wednesday night on a deficit elimination plan that will include closing Saginaw High School.

The plan was put on the table after the state told the district it was not doing enough to cut it's $32 million deficit.

An elementary and a middle school could also be closed, but the proposed closing of Saginaw High School is an indication the Saginaw Public School District has its back against the wall.

It sits on Saginaw's east side on Webber Street - a fixture in the neighborhood - but Saginaw High School may soon become history. School district administrators have proposed closing it and sending students to Arthur Hill High School.

The Michigan Department of Education says the school district hasn't done enough to wipe out a $32 million deficit. It has to be eliminated by the end of the 2015-16 school year.

"The deficit is sort of going the wrong way, we would certainly like to see more progress there," said Bill DiSessa, of the Michigan Department of Education.

DiSessa says Saginaw has to submit a new deficit reduction plan by Monday.

"If they do not submit it by that deadline, then they are at that point of losing their February state aid payment, which is about $4.8 million," he said.

Yalonda Freeman is a Buena Vista High School graduate and says Saginaw must act quickly to avoid a similar fate.

"The parents wasn't made aware soon enough so we could make the proper decisions, but maybe we can prevent this from happening this time," she said.

The Saginaw Board of Education is expected to vote on the deficit reduction proposal Wednesday night at its board meeting.

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