Buena Vista teachers say they will work without pay this week

Buena Vista Township teachers will work this week without pay, says JoeAnn Nash, the president of the Buena Vista Educators Association.

Nash says that the teachers want to be there for the students and give them their support.

However, it is not known if the teachers will return after this week.

Nash says they have reached out to the Buena Vista Township School Board about their deficit reduction plan, but are not sure where it stands at this time.

The General Counsel for the Michigan Education Association (MEA) says that the teachers must be paid or there will be legal action.

The MEA also says the Michigan Department of Education (MDOE) could relinquish funds so that the teachers can be paid. They are awaiting a decision from the MDOE on that issue.

The teachers in the district have been working without a contract since June 2012.

Buena Vista Schools declared a financial state of emergency last week. Officials said they would not be able to make payroll going forward.

NBC25 has contacted the Buena Vista administration and the MDOE. Neither were immediately available for comment.

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