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Education

Flint schools chief: No payless paydays this year

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There is no doubt that teachers in the Flint Community Schools will be paid through the end of the school year.

That's according to Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins.

Watkins said the state approved the Flint school district's deficit elimination plan today.

The district will get a $2.3 million advance on its state aid payments, and Watkins said the state authorized the district to borrow $3.6 million.

"I'm pretty confident with the Department of Treasury helping us that a lending institution will loan us those dollars, and I'm 90% confident that will take place, " he said.

Watkins said that even without the bank loan, teachers will be paid through the academic year, and he does not see an emergency manager in the district's future.

"We're going to work awfully hard to make sure that the district continues to do what is in the best interest of the students of the Flint Community Schools," he said. "We will make sure we adhere to the deficit elimination plan. We will work hard to retain the students we currently have and reclaim those that have left the district."

Watkins said the district has until June 2018 to eliminate the deficit.

Virginia Gordan, Michigan Radio Newsroom