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Benton Harbor Area Schools released from consent agreement

outside of Benton Harbor High School
Lindsey Smith
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Michigan Radio
Benton Harbors' school board voted to close a junior high school. 7th and 8th graders will head to Benton Harbor High School. Seawood said he's taken precautions to seperate the age groups within the school.

A school district in southwestern Michigan is being released from an agreement with the state put in place in 2014 to help improve its finances.

State Treasurer Nick Khouri announced Friday that Benton Harbor Area Schools now can focus more on helping students and improving academics through a June agreement with the Michigan Department of Education .

A financial review team in 2014 determined that a financial emergency existed in the school district and Gov. Rick Snyder agreed with the team's findings. That year, the state and Benton Harbor Area Schools entered into a consent agreement to address the district's financial issues.

Since then, the state says the district has improved its finances.

Khouri says the schools must still continue to follow the emergency loan agreement with the state.

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