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Financial emergency cited in Benton Harbor schools


Gov. Rick Snyder has determined that there's a financial emergency in the Benton Harbor Area Schools in western Michigan.


The state Treasury Department says Snyder agreed Monday with the conclusions of a financial review team.


The review team says the Berrien County district had a $15.5 million deficit on June 30, 2013. Enrollment has fallen 43 percent to 2,680 in the past decade.


The district has seven days to request a hearing. The appointment of an emergency manager is one of several options if the state confirms a financial emergency.


The city of Benton Harbor had an emergency manager for four years until last spring.


State-appointed managers have been sent to other distressed Michigan cities and schools. They include Detroit, where officials plan to exit federal bankruptcy proceedings this year.

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