Michigan Department of Education considering Buena Vista schools for emergency financial review

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

On May 9, the Buena Vista Board of Education requested the state conduct a financial review of the district to determine if it has a financial emergency.

Buena Vista board President Randy L. Jackson said May 9 district officials think the district does have such an emergency.

"Our first priority is to ensure schools are open and students are being educated. The department is currently considering the Buena Vista School’s request for a possible preliminary financial review," said Jan Ellis, Michigan Department of Education spokeswoman.

Buena Vista School District closed for two weeks from May 7 to May 20 because the Michigan Department of Education had said it would withhold three months of state aid. District officials had spent $401,962.51 in overpayments from the state for students who no longer attended Buena Vistas. On May 6, the board laid off all but three staff members and closed schools.

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