Delta College made official plans this week to construct a new satellite campus in downtown Saginaw.
The state has approved a deficit elimination plan for the struggling Saginaw Public School district – with conditions.
Last week, the City of Flint was ranked as the second most dangerous city in America by the FBI, second only to Oakland, California.
The city’s representative in the U-S House, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint), is not happy with that ranking. He has introduced legislation that aims to put criminals behind bars, and keep young people from turning to a life of crime.
The state has given the struggling Saginaw School District a new deadline to approve and submit a viable deficit elimination plan.
The Saginaw School Board meets Tuesday to vote on a deficit elimination plan.
If a viable plan is not approved, the state may withhold the district’s February state-aid payment of just under $5 million.
On Saturday more than 200 people attended a board meeting to express their opinions on why the schools should remain open.
Tamara Dietrich is an alumni of Saginaw High, which is one of the schools that may close. Her daughter currently attends there.
She said it could be a rough transition for students moving from Saginaw High to Arthur Hill. “They’ve always been rival schools from day one. So I think that would cause a lot of issues too. Yeah know and especially for the children that are losing their home school or you know the high schoolers that are looking forward to graduating this year how emotional are they going to be if their the last class of the trojans.”
If the three east side schools shut down it would potentially affect more than 1,450 students.
The Saginaw School Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 at the district administration building.
Funding and enrollment issues surrounding the Saginaw School District are beginning to resemble the closure of Buena Vista, last year.
Parents, students and faculty of Saginaw High, Ruben Daniels and Heavenrich Elementary will know their fate on Saturday.
Yesterday, the board was expected to vote on the closure of all three schools located on Saginaw’s east side.
M-Live reported this morning that the vote for the original proposal to close the schools was delayed, 6-1, until Saturday.
Saginaw Superintendent Carlton Jenkins and his administration originally proposed a restructure of the district. It would include the school closures, moving students and making cuts.
Recently, the Michigan Department of Education was unable to approve Saginaw Public School’s 2013-14 Deficit Elimination Plan.
According to a letter sent to Saginaw from the department, the state is concerned the district is not making significant changes in its operations to mitigate increases in its current deficit.
In addition, the letter said that Saginaw will be given until Monday, February 10, to come up with a viable Deficit Elimination Plan.
If a viable plan is not approved, the state will withhold the district’s February state-aid payment of just under $5 million.
The Saginaw Public Schools Board of Education has voted to layoff a still unknown number of district employees.
A Saginaw-based company is planning to hire hundreds of new employees over the next few months.