Benton Harbor school board sending new plan to governor

Southwest Michigan
Benton Harbor High School

A June 27, 2019 photo shows Benton Harbor High School.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan school board has approved a new plan to improve the struggling district that will go to the governor’s office for review.

The Benton Harbor Area Schools board voted Tuesday night on the plan, which would last at least four years.

The Herald-Palladium reports the plan would pay down the district’s at least $16 million in debt with help from the state and raise student achievement. School officials intend to use the plan as a starting point during mediation with state officials in the coming weeks.

The school board previously rejected plans by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her office, including one that would have increased teacher compensation. Whitmer drew opposition when she sent the Benton Harbor school board a proposal that could close its high school.

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