Panel recommends appointment of emergency manager for Muskegon Heights Public Schools

6:17 PM, Mar 20, 2012   |    comments
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Muskegon Heights Public Schools

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A review panel appointed by Gov. Snyder voted Tuesday to recommend that the state appoint an emergency manager to take over financially struggling Muskegon Heights Public Schools.

WZZM 13's Peter Ross was in Lansing when the panel took the unanimous vote late Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm sure the students are concerned," says panel member Dale Nesbary of Muskegon Community College. "It provides them with some uncertainty in terms of where they're going to be in terms of their graduation, in terms of where they might possibly be able to attend college. Hopefully the board and the governor will come to a decision and move forward."

Governor Snyder is expected to appoint an EFM early next month. That person is expected to slash pay for staff and teachers.

A teachers union representative Tuesday urged the panel to allow the district more time to work out things on it's own, but panel members said they have not seen enough progress in that direction, and that time is running out.

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