All Buena Vista school staff laid off, classes cancelled for Tuesday


Late Monday night, Buena Vista school board members announced that all staff members will be laid off immediately amid the district's financial crisis. A union representative for the Michigan Education Association tells NBC25, all staff except for the superintendent will be laid off. Classes for Tuesday are also cancelled. A parent informational meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Office building.

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Classes must go on. Buena Vista teachers are headed to work, knowing they won't get paid.

â??The teachers of Buena Vista school district are here, here for the students,â?? says Joe Ann Nash, president of the Buena Vista Education Association.

Nash represents the 27 teachers who won't get paychecks for working this week. A 19-year veteran, Nash can't believe her eyes.

â??Just seeing it and having it right here in front of us, you just never see it,â?? adds Nash.

Neither can Buena Vista neighbors.

â??Itâ??s an unfortunate situation and I think everyone is paying for it,â?? says Marla Bates, a Buena Vista resident.

District officials say they ran out of cash to pay the teachers for the rest of the school year.

â??I don't understand and I would like to know where the money went,â?? says Debbie Toney, also a Buena Vista resident.

â??They're very worried, they're concerned, they're sad,â?? says Sue Rutherford of the Michigan Education Association, describing the mood of the teachers.

The Michigan Education Association says they'll take the district to court if the teachers don't get their back pay.

â??I hope they take better look at their finances and really figure out what they're doing and have some vision about where the district is going to go in the future,â?? says Rutherford.

A future Joe Ann Nash hopes comes into focus soon.

â??We hope that they involve us to work together to come up with a plan so that we have one for next year,â?? says Nash.

The school district owes the state $800,000. District officials say they're working on their deficit reduction plan with the state.

NBC25 News reached out to the Michigan Department of Education but haven't heard back.