State To Waive Attendance Requirement For Buena Vista High School Seniors

May 10, 2013

The state schools chief says he’ll lift the attendance requirement for 25 graduating seniors in the Buena Vista school district.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, that will allow them to graduate even though the district closed its doors a month before the end of the school year.

Superintendent Mike Flanagan says mismanagement by the local school board is why the Buena Vista district is out of money and there’s not much he can do to get its 400 or so students back into classrooms. But, he told WJR radio in Detroit that one thing he can do is waive the 180-day attendance requirement   

   “I plan to do that so at least the seniors can graduate,” he says.

In the meantime, the Buena Vista school board has voted to request a formal state review. That review could result in a state takeover of the district. Also, the Pontiac school district – which is in the middle of a state review – is expected to run out of money in one week.