Copyright 2021 WJRT. All rights reserved. Whitmer said the district currently has a general fund balance of more than $650,000, which represents 46% of annual revenue. The district has added to its savings for three consecutive years while remaining current on retirement and debt obligations.
The Muskegon Heights school board requested an emergency manager in December 2011 and former Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration concurred in January. All K-12 Muskegon Heights schools have been operated as charter schools since 2012 and will continue as charter schools until long-term debts are paid off. “Today is a new day for the Muskegon Heights School District and the state of Michigan,” Whitmer said. “The efforts of the school district and community to identify problems and bring together the resources to solve complex financial challenges are to be commended. I am proud to say that we no longer have any school district or community under state oversight.”
The Michigan Department of Education also will continue a partnership agreement with Muskegon Heights schools to work on improving educational outcomes. The school district was the final government agency in Michigan under any former of state financial control.
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