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Posted: Monday, 25 August 2014 7:50PM

Resolution Requesting Consent Agreement Heads To Lansing



Benton Harbor Area Schools is making it official, a consent agreement is being sought to help navigate the district out of deep deficit. The school board Monday voted to send a resolution to Governor Snyder to enter into an agreement with the state of Michigan. Last week Governor Snyder confirmed a determination the school system was in a financial emergency. Beginning Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Leonard Seawood says 30-days will be given to forge the agreement.

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He says Pontiac Public Schools, which went through the same process, took hours, over a number of days to hammer out an agreement. District officials hope to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays with the state to craft Benton Harbor's agreement.

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Seawood says the district has done its due diligence in preparing for negotiations. Which he hopes will work to the district's advantage. The school system faces a $15-million deficit.


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