MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Tuesday was the first day of school across the state, but one school that did not open to students was WayPoint Academy.
In June, the school board voted to close the charter middle and high school because of financial difficulties, low test scores, and the loss of its charter with Grand Valley State University.
School superintendents in Muskegon County say most of the nearly 200 students went back to their home districts Tuesday.
While WayPoint Academy is now closed, the sound of expansion can be heard at another.
Principal Kyle Fiebig says the first day at Muskegon Area Career Tech Center went well considering an ongoing four $4.5 million expansion project. The center is getting a new meeting space, offices for new staff, more classrooms, and new technology.
Enrollment is up.
Fiebig says students are connecting with the CTC's 20 programs, including construction trades, graphic design and criminal justice.
"Our auto programs and our health programs are always full," says Fiebig. "Internet securities is another very popular one."
There's also a culinary arts and veterinary science program.
The school operates on a special millage approved by Muskegon County voters. It's open to any junior or senior in the county, helping students set a course that could one day lead to a career.
"We want our students to be the next trained workforce, in my opinion, to grow Muskegon County," says Fiebig.