BENTON HARBOR Benton Harbor Area Schools have to figure out a way to slash $4 million from their budget - and fast.
State officials have mandated that the district cut $4 million from their five-year deficit elimination plan by mid-October. If they don't, the schools won't receive their October state aid and won't be able to make payroll.
According to the Herald Palladium Superintendent Leonard Seawood made the announcement at a special Friday meeting. Seawood says the sudden urgency comes from news that the district will not be getting a $4 million loan from the state emergency loan fund, as officials had hoped.