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Posted: Wednesday, 02 July 2014 4:30PM

BHAS Readies Itself For State's Assessment

By adopting a tighter and more conservative budget the Benton Harbor Area Schools hopes to put-up a better fight against its deficit. Superintendent Dr. Leonard Seawood says the district is doing everything it can to ready itself for when a state review team completes its assessment of the district's finances.



The district is anticipating enrollment to remain flat compared to a year ago, at about 2,800 students. If that number were to dramatically fall, there's potential for 41 positions to be cut.



Seawood doesn't see that happening because enrollment predictions are so conservative. He says that '41' figure has been used since before the last school year, as it was a part of the district's five-year Deficit Elimination Plan. Right now the district has a deficit of nearly $15-million.

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