- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A school board plans to decide Saturday on cost-cutting efforts aimed at saving $4.6 million for the Saginaw School District that could shut three schools including Saginaw High.

The district’s Board of Education met Wednesday and delayed the vote, The Saginaw News reported (https://bit.ly/1jhYdln ). About 300 people attended a three-hour meeting to get information and discuss the district’s plans.

Saginaw High, where the NBA’s Draymond Green once played, is known as a basketball powerhouse in Michigan. Under the plan, Saginaw High students would go to Arthur Hill High School. The combined high school would have a new name, new colors and a new mascot.

Mary Babers said this week that she doesn’t want to see Saginaw High close and reached out to alumni for donations for the district. Her three children graduated from Saginaw High including Green, a forward for the Golden State Warriors.

“My decision is based on my family,” she said. “We were all Trojans. It’s just a tradition.”

Plans being discussed also could close a middle school and an elementary school.

Superintendent Carlton Jenkins on Monday proposed the plan, which also includes laying off more than 50 employees. Jenkins and Tamara Johnson, the district’s finance director, gave an outline of the proposal.

“There are a lot of people who care about our students, our schools and our community,” Jenkins said.

The district has until Monday to present a board-approved deficit elimination plan to the state. The Michigan Department of Education has said it could withhold February’s state aid payment if that’s not done.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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