MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has accepted the recommendation of the Muskegon Heights review team and declared the district to be in a financial emergency, according to MLive. The review team concluded that “no satisfactory plan” existed to eliminate the district’s debt.
MLive reports the district has until April 17 to request a hearing concerning the governor’s decision, after which the governor could appoint an emergency manager to relieve the school board of control over the district.
Muskegon Heights has been in financial trouble for several years, running an $8.5 million deficit last school year. According to MLive, the financial stress led the school board to request an emergency manager last December.
MLive.com, “Governor declares financial emergency in Muskegon Heights schools," April 10, 2012
Michigan Education Report, “Muskegon Heights school board asks for emergency manager," Dec. 13, 2011