Lutheran school may close

SAGINAW, Mich. – Michigan Lutheran Seminary may face closure after the coming school year, depending on whether delegates to a Lutheran synod convention choose to spend money on mission work or education, according to The Saginaw News.

The convention will take place at the high school later this month, and delegates must choose between a budget that provides $1 million for ministerial education or one allocating the $1 million to home and world missions, spokesman Joel W. Hochmuth of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod told The News.

"It's under that second proposal that Michigan Lutheran Seminary is not viable,” Hochmuth told The News.

The school narrowly missed being closed two years ago, The News reported, and in recent years eliminated 13 jobs. Seminary students come from across Michigan as well as other states; the campus opened in 1885.

The Saginaw News, “Budget woes could close Lutheran school in Saginaw,” July 18, 2009

Michigan Education Report, “Education Reform, School Choice, and Tax Credits,” May 30, 2002