It appears, that for the time being, Benton Harbor High School has earned at least a brief stay of execution. The state has presented a plan to close it down, but leave K-8 open in the district as a solution to deal with the more than $16 million of debt the district has.
In a meeting with community members on Wednesday Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she doesn’t want to see the school close, but something has to be done.
She stated at the Town Hall that the districts problems have been long lasting, but that the current administration, students, and parents shouldn’t be the ones paying the ultimate sacrifice for the issues. With that in mind she announced that the date to make a decision has been extended.
With the new June 14th school officials will have a full week to develop a new plan. Many community members wanted more time, but Gov. Whitmer hopes that will give an opening for a solution that doesn’t involve closing the high school.
She also noted that she does not look forward to a scenario where no new plan comes forward, and they still reject the states proposal.