Administrative offices on the move

HP file photoBenton Harbor Area Schools Central Administration at 1995 Union Ave. in Benton Township.

BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor school district’s administrative offices will be moved once again, this time to the third floor of Benton Harbor High School.

School board trustees approved the move for this fall during a special meeting Tuesday.

Last year, former Superintendent/CEO Bob Herrera moved the offices from 636 Pipestone St. to 1995 Union St. and moved Dream Academy, the district’s alternative high school, to the Pipestone location.

Trustees also approved moving the fourth- and fifth-grade students at STEAM Academy at MLK to 1995 Union St. and the district’s technology department to the former cosmetology building behind the high school.

The technology department and the fourth- and fifth-grade students are currently at STEAM Academy at MLK, 750 E. Britain Ave.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Taylor said the building on Union Street will revert to its former name of Fairplain East Elementary School.

He said the plan calls for two administrative rooms to be on the first floor of the high school for a reception area and the registrar.

Crunching the numbers

Trustees also approved a budget amendment for the 2018-19 school year and the budget for the 2019-20 school year.

Shelbi Frayer from the Michigan Department of Treasury said the district is projected to have a negative fund balance of $4.42 million on Friday, which will be carried into the 2019-20 school year.

For the upcoming school year, she said expenditures are projected to be $22,198 less than projected revenues, which are expected to be $25.3 million, reducing the negative fund balance to $4.4 million.

She said the 2019-20 budget is based on projections that the district will lose another 150 students, which would put the student count at 1,800.

“This district has been losing kids at about 5 to 7 percent each year, so we just kept that same trajectory,” she said.

“If for some reason you don’t lose, that’s just additional money and revenue for the district that you can do additional services with.”

Other agenda items

• Eliminating the Global Dual Language and Cosmetology programs.

• Paying $174,960 for teacher training and coaching through the International Center for Leadership in Education, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

• A new course catalog for the high school that includes more Career and Technical Education courses.

• Spending $241,104 for math curriculum through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for grades K-8.

• Adding Secretary Patricia Rush as an additional insured at the administration office until a new chief financial officer can be appointed.

Contact:, 932-0361, Twitter: @HPWrege