More cuts possible for Saginaw School District

Saginaw school officials have been given the green light to carry out their $7 million get out of debt plan.

â??That means we can start moving forward,â?? says Sue Rutherford, who represents the Saginaw Teachers Union.

But district officials will have to proceed with caution to carry out their plan.

â??There is a big catch in the plan, the $2.5 million,â?? says Rutherford.

â??I hope we are not being set up,â?? says Ruth Ann Knapp, a Saginaw school board member.

The $2.5 million stems from a bill that gives district with Buena Vista students and property extra state aid. The bill was introduced by Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Township).

â??They promised the money, they said we would get it,â?? says Knapp.

But the bill hasn't passed yet.

â??If it doesn't go through, the district will be forced to find that $2.5 million elsewhere,â?? says Rutherford.

â??Well, that means we do one high school,â?? says Knapp.

â??Closing a high school really is something that the district really should consider,â?? says Rutherford.

While school officials wait on lawmakers some parents are already switching districts.

â??Show me the money,â?? says Knapp.

â??Itâ??s either Bridgeport or Carrollton,â?? says Diana De La Cruz, who has a student attending Ruben Daniels Middle School.

The bill has passed the Michigan House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. Senator Roger Kahnâ??s office declined comment on Tuesday.