Benzie County may have an alternative high school opening this fall.
Alternative schools are designed for students who have trouble learning in a traditional high school. The area had an alternative high school years ago, but it shuttered because of revenue shortfalls.
If a new school opens, it would be a joint venture of Benzie Central and the Frankfort-Elberta schools.
Leaders caution this is not a done-deal, and they don't expect final word until mid-August. The alternative school has been approved as an appropriate use of federal stimulus dollars, and leaders are now waiting for notice that the money is actually on its way.
If all goes well, the school would also start recruiting students in mid-August.
The districts are confident enough to start hiring staff.
Benzie Central was forced to layoff two teachers this past spring. Both have been re-hired to work at the alternative school.