(02/17/14) - It was down to the wire, but the Saginaw Public School District finally has a cost-savings plan to turn into the state.
A vote to approve an all new plan happened Monday night.
With a 5-2 vote, the Saginaw Board of Education approved a Deficit Elimination Plan that will be sent to the state right away. It is due Tuesday.
Seven elementary schools will remain open under the plan. That includes Chester Miller, Kempton, Stone, Herig, Heavenrich, Loomis and Rouse. That means Merrill Park and Houghton will close.
The remaining elementaries will be home to Pre-K through fifth grade students.
The sixth and seventh graders will then go to Thompson Middle School next year and the eighth through twelfth graders will go to Saginaw High and Arthur Hill.
Under the plan the Board just got its first look at Monday afternoon at 4:30, three other buildings will close. That includes Ruben Daniels MS, the Staff Development Building and the Administration Building.
The plan the board was given Monday at noon included $3.2 million in cost savings. The approved plan tentatively involves a savings of $4.9 million.
Many people spoke out about the plan, but in the end, the superintendent says it's the best choice before them.
"Everybody knew coming into this process that everybody wouldn't win, you know, but I think we have closer to what we needed to get when we started out about having a sustainable plan, having a plan people can rally around. Something that can rebuild Saginaw Public Schools. Now we're just ready to get out there," said Dr. Carlton Jenkins, Saginaw superintendent.
Jenkins says it's time to educate families and work to retain students despite this latest round of changes.
Saginaw school's total deficit is $6.1 million, but the deficit elimination plan only has to show a good faith effort toward eliminating that deficit. There is no specific amount that needs to be saved.
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