Buena Vista teachers file for unemployment after layoffs

Alexis Ervin and Laticia Whitehead typically grade papers this time of the year, instead they're filing for unemployment.

â??The reason why I came back to teach in my district was because I wanted the children of Buena Vista to be educated,â?? says Ervin, who teaches in the district.

Buena Vista children are without teachers after all 27 of them were laid off Monday night.

â??Why they decided to make that decision, we don't know,â?? says Ervin.

Last week, district officials announced the district ran out money to pay the teachers.

â??They just said we might not have school this week because the teachers might not get paid,â?? says Toquante Lewis, a 10th grader.

The teachers union agreed to work this week without pay.

â??Theyâ??re very concerned about what's going to happen to their students,â?? says Sue Rutherford, who represents the teachers in the Michigan Education Association. â??We believe the seniors have enough credits to graduate but we're not sure what's going to happen with the lower grades,â?? she adds.

â??B.V. is at a halt for a moment,â?? says superintendent Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvil. She adds the district is working on a plan with state officials.

Meantime, no school for children.

â??I don't know what will happen at the end of the day but they won't be able to say we didn't try,â?? says Hunter-Harvil.

While the district tries, students are left wondering and teachers left leaning on each other...

â??Weâ??re just trying to figure out which school we gone go to,â?? says Lewis.

Weâ??re going to have make it through this. We're gonna make it,â?? says Ervin.