Benton Harbor schools

"BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor Area Schools received a $1.4 million emergency loan Wednesday from the state's Emergency Loan Board, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury." (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

"BENTON HARBOR - An experienced emergency manager has become acting superintendent of Benton Harbor Area Schools. The school board Tuesday hired Gregory Weatherspoon, former emergency manager of Muskegon Heights and Highland Park schools. In addition, he is the former superintendent of Cassopolis Public Schools." (St. Joseph, Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor school board members voted unanimously to suspend Superintendent Leonard Seawood with pay at a special meeting Thursday after an hour-long closed session. The resolution stated Seawood was being put on administrative non-disciplinary leave pending an investigation of a matter that was not disclosed. Board President Sharon James said before board members voted that, "The board of education is conducting business in a manner that is in the best interests of Benton Harbor Area Schools." (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

BENTON HARBOR - No one wants to talk about it, or even consider what would happen if cash-strapped Benton Harbor Area Schools was to dissolve. "That has never been part of the conversation when we're talking to the state," said Benton Harbor Superintendent Leonard Seawood. He brought up the possibility at a March community forum. (Saint Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

District officials say consolidating several buildings into a new school would save $2-million annually in operating costs