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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.

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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.

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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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