Future of Buena Vista schools in the air

As the Buena Vista school district superintendent lays out her plan for the next school year, thereâ??s a new bill in Lansing that could dissolve the district before the superintendentâ??s plan is even given a chance.

Senethea Frazier really wants to head back to school at Buena Vistaâ??s Phoenix Science Center.

â??I don't know what school Iâ??m going to, I do like school,â?? says the shy fourth grader.

Her mom sent her to the neighboring Saginaw school district when the district shut down amid financial troubles in May.

â??I don't know about next year, Iâ??m hearing they not (sic) going to be open,â?? says Cassandra Frazier, Senetheaâ??s mom.

Shutting down the district could happen but several other options are on the table.

â??Will we look different? Absolutely!,â?? says Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill, superintendent of Buena Vista schools.

Hunter-Harvill isn't sure whether the district will file for bankruptcy, get an emergency financial manager or merge with another district.

â??Weâ??re ever going to look like we looked until after we get over this hurdle,â?? adds Hunter-Harvill.

The district is also facing dissolution as the Michigan legislature considers a bill that gives the state superintendent the final world.

â??I shouldn't have to send my child to Carrolton, Bridgeport,â?? says Beatrice Avery. I want to send my child to the district school that we're supposed to go to. I mean, it's not his fault this is happening,â?? adds Tatum.

While the future looks cloudy for Buena Vista, students and officials are all ears.

â??It's not over until the fat lady sings and I haven't heard any singing,â?? says Hunter-Harvill.

â??Just waiting to hear, playing it by ear,â?? says Frazier.