After Letting Water Bills Slide, Muskegon Heights Asks School District to Pay Up

The city has let the district’s bills go unpaid longer than is typical. The district technically could have had its water turned off last year if the city had followed their usual shutoff schedule.

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UPDATE: Further Muskegon Heights Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Appointment Details Shared By Interim Superintendent

The governor will not make any decisions on whom to appoint until after the board decides whether or not to appeal the ruling. Currently, the district has one week to appeal the decision, with a decision required by April 17. If appealed, the hearing will occur at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in Lansing.

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Governor Snyder Declares Muskegon Heights Public Schools Emergency, Appointment After 4/18

What’s next? Muskegon Heights can request a hearing with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mike Flanagan. If a hearing is requested, it will happen on April 18, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. in Lansing. After that hearing, the Governor will appoint an emergency financial manager. Who that might be is not apparent at this time.

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Muskegon Heights Public Schools Vendor Payment Plan: Smallest To Largest

Those owed less than $1,000 will generally be paid off first, then those owed less than $5,000, continuing upwards until those vendors owed the most receive payment.

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1000 Encouraged to Attend Muskegon Heights Public Schools “Town Hall” Meeting On Wednesday 2/15 At 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the performing arts center at Muskegon Heights High School and will run from 6 to 7:15 on Wednesday. Questions must be submitted in writing and should focus on topics relating to the district. Muskegon Heights High School Alumni Association President Joe Warren worked for months with others to get this meeting set. He challenged the community to “get off Facebook” and come to the meeting to hear facts and start taking action.

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State Deputy Superintendent: State Police To Hand Muskegon Heights Funding Investigation Over To Federal Government

The federal government’s investigation will replace the Michigan State Police’s investigation according to Carol L. Wolenberg, who is Deputy Superintendent for the State Department of Education and also a member of the Governor’s review team recently tasked with determining the financial distress on the district.

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With Deficit Plan Deadline Looming, MAISD Offers Proposals To Right Heights Public Schools Finances

Despite widespread misinformation, the board of education retains decision-making powers for the district. While the school board asked the state last month to install Demetriou as an emergency financial manager for the district, the state has not taken action on the matter; Demetriou remains in an advisory role only.

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After Unprecedented and Possibly Bellwether Emergency Financial Manager Request, Muskegon Heights Board Of Education Dispels Rumors, Says Farewell To Superintendent Bryant

Board president Burrell noted at Monday’s meeting that the district’s move to proactively ask for an EFM was not just unprecedented, but it might be a bellwether move for the whole state to follow. Coincidental to last week’s request by Muskegon Heights, some members of Michigan’s state legislature might be asking Governor Snyder to change the existing emergency financial manager law to function in a similar way.

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School Board, Superintendent of Muskegon Heights Public Schools Emphasize Optimism and Unity In Tough Months Ahead

Andrew Trzaska | May 24, 2011 The Muskegon Heights school board and Superintendent Dr. Dana Bryant set a new tone

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