Problems persist with BV schools, classes closed again Friday
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -
Thursday marked the third meeting this week in the Buena Vista School District and it provided few answers for hundreds wondering about the future of their school. The school will be closed again Friday.
Frustration continues to mount for parents, students and teachers as the Buena Vista School District doors remain locked.
"Whatever you have to do, lets do what we have to do to get our kids back in school," said one parent during the public comment session of the meeting.
Emotions boiled over because of the lack of clear answers. Parents are left wondering if the doors will ever reopen.
"I'm concerned about our children, our children, these people right here, they're going to make it, but our children, they need our support," said a concerned parent.
The Buena Vista School Board couldn't answer those concerns. But what they accomplished at Thursday's meeting was to sign off on a deficit reduction plan they will submit to the state. As part of that plan, the board voted to close all schools in the district except for the high school. This plan will go into place next year if the district is still open for children.
They acknowledged this is a move that will chip away at a fraction of the financial problems, but said they believe it's a move in the right direction. Parents TV5 spoke with after the meeting said maybe this is a good long-term move, but right now they're concerned more about the short term.
"I came here for answers, and truthfully, I didn't get any. It's sad, it's depressing," said Candace Vela, a Buena Vista district parent.
"Our children aren't in school this week, and probably not next week, and probably, they're done, and I just think that's unacceptable, that's unacceptable," said Damestra Ward, who has a child in the district.
However, a little bit of good news came out of the meeting Thursday night. The 25 seniors at Buena Vista learned they'll graduate and walk across the stage.
"And I was actually really relieved and happy. I've been smiling all night," said Carlena Lawrence, a senior who will walk across the stage.
The district said it has plans to continue to work with the state and the Saginaw Intermediate School District to hash out a plan.
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Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
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