Deficit could force closure of some Flint public schools

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FLINT, MI (AP) -- Auditors have told Flint Community Schools leaders that unless changes are made the district could face a nearly $5.7 million yearly operation deficit.

Reports on Friday say that representatives of an accounting firm said during a special board meeting Thursday that the district's debt and deficit are the result of declining enrollment.

About 3,750 students attend Flint Community Schools. In 2018, enrollment was roughly 4,500 students. Flint schools had 47,000 students in 1968.

A plan presented to the board Thursday by Superintendent Derek Lopez calls for closing four of the 12 district buildings and restructuring four others. That would decrease transportation, security, maintenance, administrative and other costs.

Lopez said the district plans to present an enhanced deficit elimination plan at Wednesday's board meeting.

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