saginaw school district http://michiganradio.org en Saginaw school board approves deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-board-approves-deficit-elimination-plan <p>The Saginaw School&nbsp;District Board of Education approved a deficit elimination plan Monday afternoon.</p><p></p><p>The plan trims nearly $5 million from the district’s budget by closing three schools, laying off dozens of district employees, and other spending cuts. The district has a $6 million deficit.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:29:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 16485 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school board approves deficit elimination plan Saginaw school officials struggle to agree on a deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-officials-struggle-agree-deficit-elimination-plan <p>The Saginaw School Board is going down to the wire in considering a deficit elimination plan for the district. &nbsp;&nbsp;The board must approve a plan today or risk losing state funding.</p><p></p><p>The Saginaw school board has been meeting since noon on a plan to close and consolidate schools, lay off teachers and support staff and cut union wages. Administrators say the plan could save about $4.9 million.</p><p></p><p>The district has a $6.1 million deficit.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:44:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 16481 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school officials struggle to agree on a deficit elimination plan Saginaw school board to vote on revised Deficit Elimination Plan tomorrow http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-board-vote-revised-deficit-elimination-plan-tomorrow <p></p><p>Saginaw school board members will vote tomorrow afternoon on a deficit elimination plan.</p><p></p><p>The plan calls for closing two elementary schools, turning the city's two high schools into seventh through twelfth grade schools and laying off dozens of employees.</p><p></p><p>The board has been struggling for the past two weeks to come up with a plan to eliminate the district’s $6.1 million deficit. State Education officials are threatening to withhold the district’s March state aid payment unless the district delivers a workable plan by Tuesday.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16456 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school board to vote on revised Deficit Elimination Plan tomorrow Crunch time: Saginaw school leaders work to draft a deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/crunch-time-saginaw-school-leaders-work-draft-deficit-elimination-plan <p>Saginaw school officials are spending today crunching the district’s budget numbers.</p><p></p><p>They have two days to come up with a deficit elimination plan that will do away with the district’s $6.1 million deficit over the next two years.</p><p></p><p>“We’re going to work furiously to make sure we’re going to put forward the best plan that can not only sustain Saginaw public schools but also help us rebuild in a way that would be very vibrant,” Saginaw School Superintendent Carlton Jenkins said after last night’s school board meeting.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:01:03 +0000 Steve Carmody 16452 at http://michiganradio.org Crunch time: Saginaw school leaders work to draft a deficit elimination plan In this morning's headlines: Minimum wage, Belle Isle, Saginaw schools http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-minimum-wage-belle-isle-saginaw-schools <p><strong>Group files petition today to bump minimum wage to $9.50</strong></p><p>"The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage has settled on a target of $9.50 an hour. The group expects to file its petition language later today with state elections officials," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Belle Isle becomes a state park</strong></p><p>Detroit's Belle Isle park becomes Michigan's newest state park today.</p><p>"The state is taking over the city-owned park under a lease deal with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. [The move is] expected to save the bankrupt city between $4 million and $6 million a year," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Saginaw school board continues to negotiate deficit elimination plan</strong></p><p>"Saginaw school board members will try again tomorrow to hash out a deficit elimination plan. Last week school board members met three times to discuss a plan to trim the district’s multi-million dollar deficit. The plan included layoffs and school closings," Steve Carmody<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-board-members-will-try-again-week-craft-deficit-elimination-plan"> reports. </a></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:38:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16372 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Minimum wage, Belle Isle, Saginaw schools Saginaw school board members will try again this week to craft a deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-board-members-will-try-again-week-craft-deficit-elimination-plan <p>Saginaw school board members will meet again Tuesday to discuss how to deal with the district’s multi-million dollar deficit.</p><p></p><p>Saginaw school board members have met three times in the past week to hash out a deficit elimination plan.</p><p></p><p>The most recent proposal called for laying off employees and closing three schools, including Saginaw High School.</p><p></p><p>Parents and students have attacked the plan and the board for considering it.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16370 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school board members will try again this week to craft a deficit elimination plan Saginaw school officials put off decision on closing schools http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-officials-put-decision-closing-schools <p>The Saginaw school board has put off a decision on the district’s financial future.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A few hundred people attended a meeting last night on a controversial plan that includes closing one of the district’s high schools.</p><p></p><p>“My pressure’s going up just by the thought of Saginaw High closing,” said Saginaw city councilman Norman Braddock, which drew cheers from the audience.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16327 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school officials put off decision on closing schools Saginaw school leaders may vote on deficit elimination plan tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-leaders-may-vote-deficit-elimination-plan-tonight <p>The Saginaw school board is expected to vote tonight on a deficit elimination plan.</p><p></p><p>The plan calls for major changes to the district, which is facing a multimillion dollar deficit.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state education department is threatening to withhold the district’s February state aid payment unless a new deficit elimination plan is submitted by Monday.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:19:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 16311 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school leaders may vote on deficit elimination plan tonight