Calamitous cuts to education funding and gross financial mismanagement by state and local officials have led to the official dissolution of the Buena Vista School District.
The exact fate of Buena Vista students and school employees remains unknown.
State Treasurer Andy Dillon and State Superintendent Mike Flanagan had given Buena Vista officials until 5 p.m. Monday to find outside financing to help operate the Saginaw-area district for the upcoming school year. The deadline came and went, and the planned dissolution will proceed.
“We reached out to banks, entrepreneurs ... philanthropists,” Buena Vista School District Superintendent Deborah Hunter-Harvill told the Detroit Free Press. “We have not been able to get anyone to say they’ll give us a loan. It’s as simple as that.”
Inkster Public Schools will also dissolve after officials there were unable to secure financing to keep the district running.
Officials in the state Department of Education and the state treasurer’s office will now work with the intermediate school districts that cover Buena Vista and Inkster to move students to receiving school districts.
The Saginaw Intermediate School District will hold a public hearing Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at Buena Vista High School, 3945 E. Holland Road in Saginaw, to discuss transfer plans.
Students, school employees and families in the Buena Vista School District are the innocent victims of what’s been a tragic combination of fiscal irresponsibility and misplaced budget priorities.