LANSING, MICH. - Gov. Rick Snyder says the financial emergency in the Muskegon Heights School District has been resolved.
In addition, a Receivership Transition Advisory Board has been appointed to "ensure a smooth transition to local control and continued financial stability for the school district," according to a press release from the state.
“I was pleased to receive and accept Steve Schiller’s recommendation that the financial emergency in Muskegon Heights schools has been sufficiently addressed,” Snyder said in the release.
“This is a new day for Muskegon Heights and the community is ready to move toward a brighter future. These are important steps as we work together to transition back to local control in the district.”
Snyder went on to say Schiller, and those before him, worked to finalize several critical reforms in the district, so it can return to local control.
The Receivership Transition Advisory Board appointed Friday, Oct. 28, will work closely with local leaders to ensure the school district continues on a path toward long-term financial stability.
The one page news release from the state around noon Friday was so significant to the Muskegon Heights school district that Superintendent Alana Zachery-Ross immediately left an important education conference in Chicago.
She made the four-hour drive back to the district to share the good news with staff and members of the media.
"I see this as a catapult," said Zachery-Ross, "we have turned the page."
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