BENTON HARBOR — Almost 200 people showed up for Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting to discuss how to save Benton Harbor Area Schools, including four of the eight elected members of the State Board of Education.

“Clearly there are a lot of citizens here who really love their school and they just want to see the school be successful,” said State Board of Education President Casandra Ulbrich after the meeting at Benton Harbor High School. “I think the first, most important thing that I saw tonight was just the passion of the citizens. The other thing is there really is a commitment to the kids, to making sure that whatever decisions that are made are made in the best interests of the kids.”