FLINT, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Flint Community Schools officials have asked the Michigan Department of Education for $56 million in debt relief.

Superintendent Kevelin Jones says the district faces a large debt and has an operational deficit of $14 million.

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Jones said the district receives $20 million in title funding, but that money cannot be used for infrastructure or debt relief. In addition, Jones said alleviating the debt load would free up the district to update facilities, offer new programs,  and possibly open a new high school.