GALIEN, Mich. – The Galien Township School District might close at the end of 2011, under pressure from declining enrollment and owing the state $500,000 for several years of reportedly miscounting students, according to The (St. Joseph) Herald-Palladium.

District representatives are to meet with the Michigan Department of Education to discuss the district’s appeal of the student count audit, The Herald-Palladium reported.

In the meantime, however, the board of education has voted to lay off 10 teachers as of Dec. 31 and 11 support workers as of Dec. 22, The Herald-Palladium reported. The district’s 122 students will receive credit and report cards for their first semester classes, the report said. Galien has a K-8 program and an alternative education program.

Closing the school in December will give students a chance to enroll in other districts during schools-of-choice windows in January, school officials said, according to The Herald-Palladium.


The (St. Joseph) Herald-Palladium, “Galien schools shutting down,” Dec. 1, 2011


Michigan Education Digest, “Britton, Deerfield merger going smoothly, officials say,” Jan. 22, 2011