BENTON HARBOR, Michigan – Schools in the Benton Harbor area have been able to turn their fund balance of – $ 16.4 million, which stood in June 2011, to a positive balance, according to an independent audit of $ 3.2 million last June.
The state of Michigan proposed to close the district high school three years ago because of these financial problems and low education.
Instead of shutting down the school district buildings, the state decided to create a financially stable plan and path for schools in the Benton Harbor area to return to a stable budget position.
“The 2020-21 fiscal year has been a pivotal year for schools in the Benton Harbor area. For the first time since 2007, the district ended the fiscal year with a positive fund balance in its operating fund, the “General Fund”. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic and despite the continued decline in the number of students enrolled in the district, the Education Council and the administration were able to carry out the 14-year deficit recovery mission, ”said said Hungerford-Nichols, an independent external audit firm. .
Benton Harbor area school superintendent Dr. Andrae Townsel explained Monday how the area’s “tiger spirit” has been a major factor in helping the school district recover from its financial instability.