A district on the brink

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, right, joins (left to right) Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, state Treasurer Rachael Eubanks and state School Reform Officer Bill Pearson during a tense town hall meeting on June 5 at Brotherhood of All Nations COGIC in Benton Harbor to discuss the proposed closure of Benton Harbor High School. Benton Harbor residents expressed strong displeasure for the idea and soon picked up support from around the state.

BENTON HARBOR — It took pride and passion – not a fist – to stop state officials from forcing Benton Harbor High School to be closed at the end of the 2019-20 school year, Benton Harbor school board President Joseph Taylor said.

“With a fist, you can never win,” he said.