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Families excited about Arthur Eddy Academy reopening

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(03/05/14) - Saginaw School Board members approved a revised deficit elimination plan, Tuesday, to lay off 36 teachers next year and 14 in 2016. The board also voted to close Heavenrich, Houghton and Reuben Daniels Schools, along with the Staff Development Center.

Arthur Eddy Academy will re-open as a kindergarten through eighth grade school. Several families we talked to say they're excited about Arthur Eddy Academy reopening.

Once a building full of life, Arthur Eddy Academy now sits empty.

"That was a bad deal for them closing the school," said Mary Parham, a grandparent.

It was closed last year as part of budget cuts, but 2014 brings talks of new beginnings for the vacant school.

The district's board of education voted to reopen the building as part of a revised deficit elimination plan.

"It really needs to be open," Parham said.

Parham plans to send her grandson to Arthur Eddy as soon as the doors open.

"Kids to need to go back to their own schools," she said.

Helen Browning is overjoyed by the possibility of having an operating school back in her neighborhood.

"I love the school. I sent my children there, some of my grandkids and nieces and nephews," she said. "We need our school for our children in school so they can get jobs."

She recently transferred her granddaughter out of the Saginaw Public School district, but says she'll return to Arthur Eddy if all goes as planned.

"I'd be glad to send her there. She'd just walk across the street and I'd keep a better eye on her," she said.

More students could equal more hope for a district struggling with enrollment and financial problems.

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