Benton Harbor Area Schools http://michiganradio.org en Benton Harbor student population down 45% in a decade, schools work to reverse decline http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-student-population-down-45-decade-schools-work-reverse-decline <p>Benton Harbor Area Schools is already campaigning to get students enrolled in the fall. That’s because the district hopes to dig out of a major budget deficit by attracting more students.</p><p>Benton Harbor schools narrowly avoided a state appointed emergency manager a couple of years ago.</p><p>Superintendent Leonard Seawood says since then, they’ve balanced the budget for two years in a row.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:13:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13389 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor student population down 45% in a decade, schools work to reverse decline Benton Harbor schools avoid further financial reviews, for now http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-schools-avoid-further-financial-reviews-now <p>Michigan schools superintendent Mike Flanagan says a&nbsp;<a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/BHAS pre review results.PDF">review of the Benton Harbor schools finds evidence of &quot;probable financial stress.&quot;</a> But Flanagan&nbsp;is not recommending a deeper, 60-day review. He says that&rsquo;s because the district has taken &ldquo;several steps in recent days to correct the deficit including:&rdquo;</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:14:30 +0000 Rick Pluta & Lindsey Smith 5501 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor schools avoid further financial reviews, for now Benton Harbor teachers agree to lower wages in face of potential state takeover http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-teachers-agree-lower-wages-face-potential-state-takeover <p>Teachers in Benton Harbor have agreed to an across-the-board cut of pay and benefits. Teachers ratified the contract with a vote of 85 yes and 65 no. Tuesday afternoon the school board voted 5 to 2 to approve a new contract that will reduce teachers&rsquo; pay by 10-percent beginning in February (the contract runs through August 2012). Teachers will pay 20-percent of their health care benefits.&nbsp; <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-schools-take-%E2%80%9Cmajor-steps%E2%80%9D-avoid-possible-takeover">In the past three weeks alone the school board has closed two schools and laid off 20 employees</a>. They&rsquo;ve also put buildings up for sale.</p><p>&ldquo;That will help us with our cash flow and will allow us to continue our operation without a stoppage,&rdquo; Superintendent Leonard Seawood said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a lot for this community to be proud of,&rdquo; Seawood said, in terms of addressing the financial problems. Seawood has been with the district since August 2010.&nbsp; Tue, 20 Dec 2011 23:35:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5490 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor teachers agree to lower wages in face of potential state takeover Benton Harbor schools take “major steps” to avoid possible takeover http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-schools-take-%E2%80%9Cmajor-steps%E2%80%9D-avoid-possible-takeover <p>Benton Harbor Area Schools will get results from the state&rsquo;s preliminary review of the district&rsquo;s finances this week. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Ceverything-table%E2%80%9D-avoid-emergency-manager-benton-harbor-schools">The school district blames cash flow problems </a>on a lower-than-expected-student count this fall.</p><p>The 30-day preliminary review is the first step in a process to determine if a school district or municipality needs a state-appointed emergency manager. It does not mean one will be appointed for certain.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:45:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5457 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor schools take “major steps” to avoid possible takeover “Everything on the table” to avoid emergency manager at Benton Harbor Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Ceverything-table%E2%80%9D-avoid-emergency-manager-benton-harbor-schools <p>The State of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-takes-step-potential-takeover-benton-harbor-schools">Michigan is reviewing Benton Harbor Area Schools&rsquo; </a>finances. That&rsquo;s the first step in a process to determine if the school district needs a state-appointed emergency manager. It does not mean one would be appointed for certain.</p><p>But the rumors are already flying in the community about a takeover.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:18:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5097 at http://michiganradio.org “Everything on the table” to avoid emergency manager at Benton Harbor Schools State takes a step in potential takeover of Benton Harbor Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/state-takes-step-potential-takeover-benton-harbor-schools <p>The State of Michigan will conduct a preliminary review of the &quot;critical and alarming financial situation&quot; at Benton Harbor Area Schools. This is the first step in a process that would determine if the school district needs a state-appointed emergency manager. It doesn&rsquo;t mean one would be appointed for certain.</p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:57:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5048 at http://michiganradio.org