No Deal – Benton Harbor School Board Rejects State Plan To Suspend High School, Eliminate Debt

No deal. The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education has voted to reject the proposal from the state to temporarily close Benton Harbor High School in exchange for wiping out $12 million of its $18 million in debt. The board vote came shortly before 1 this afternoon at a special meeting. Board members will send more detailed information about their proposal, given to the governor’s office along with the state departments of Treasury and Education on Wednesday. They are hopeful the state will be willing to negotiate an agreement that can help the district financially and academically while still keeping Benton Harbor High School open.