HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has declared the Highland Park School District is in a financial emergency, according to The Detroit News. Pending a hearing before Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan, the door is now open for Gov. Snyder to appoint an emergency manager for the troubled school district.
The district’s deficit grew from $6.6 million last year to $11.3 million this year. As part of the governor’s declaration, the state advanced $188,000 for the district to make payroll and remain open through mid-February, according to The News.
The Detroit News, “Snyder: Highland Park Schools in financial emergency,” Jan. 13, 2012
Michigan Education Digest, “Emergency manager needed for Highland Park Schools,” Jan. 10, 2012