Buena Vista schools reopen, but financial future uncertain

May 20, 2013

Students and teachers in the Buena Vista School District are back in the classroom today.

After a two-week closure of the Saginaw County district, all three schools in the district opened their doors Monday morning. To make up for lost instruction time, the school year will now end on June 21, instead of the scheduled June 13, MLive reported.

The district shut down after the state pulled some $400,000 in misappropriated funding.

The schools opened again today after district officials submitted a deficit reduction plan that was accepted by the state.

But while the kids are back in the classrooms, it may be too soon to celebrate the reopening of the district.

In order to reopen Buena Vista’s doors, the state delivered $460,000 in aid to the district. As Lindsay Knake of MLive reports, that’s all the money the schools will get from Michigan until October.

Buena Vista School District also faces a $1 million budget deficit and has payments on a $2 million loan from the Michigan treasury due in August.

The school district’s president also announced on Friday that he wasn’t sure if the district would reopen in the fall, leaving parents, students and teachers wondering where they’ll be come September.

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom