Buena Vista schools one step closer to dissolution
Legislation aimed at dissolving financially-struggling school districts like Buena Vista has passed in the Michigan House of Representatives and is now headed to the state Senate.
If passed, the Buena Vista school district could dissolve as soon as this summer.
However, parents and teachers are not waiting for the state to padlock the doors, they're looking for other options now.
James Moore knows his daughter's days at Henry Doerr Elementary School are numbered.
â??Unfortunately right now, I feel that B.V. schools are at its end. It's unfortunate that students are going to have to go to different schools,â?? says Moore.
Heâ??s already looking for another school for his pre-kindergartner.
â??I would love for her to stay in B.V. but the writing's on the wall,â?? says Moore.
That writing comes in the form of a bill aimed at dissolving financially-struggling districts like Buena Vista.
â??I don't know how to feel about this,â?? says Leticia Whitehead. â??You just don't know how to feel. I mean, there are so many people affected by this,â?? she adds.
Whitehead taught English at Buena Vista High School. She's been laid off twice in just one month.
â??Buena Vista has had some troubles for a long time, a long time. If the state has decided to do this with our district, there's nothing I can say,â?? says Whitehead. â??I mean, whatever they decide for the betterment of the children of Buena Vista,â?? she adds.
While James and Leticia don't want the doors to close, they're moving on and thinking of B.V.â??s legacy.
â??Sometimes the ball bounces in different directions,â?? says Moore. â??I guess it's not bouncing in our direction,â?? he adds.
â??To anyone who supported us, I just want to say thank you,â?? says Whitehead, fighting back tears.
The legislation now moves to the state Senate which is expected to vote along party lines, approving the bill.
NBC25 News reached out to Governor Snyder, the Michigan Department of Education, the state Treasury Department and state Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw). Our requests for comment were turned down.