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Muskegon Heights schools' review team begins real work Wednesday

A state appointed team that will decide if the Muskegon Heights school district needs an emergency manager really gets to work Wednesday. It’s the first time the team has met in Muskegon.

The governor appointed the review team in January. But because of legal challenges in the Highland Park school district, the team’s work has been delayed until now.

Unlike Highland Park schools, Muskegon Heights schools asked for a state takeover. The district has lost more than half its student population over the past decade. It’s run a deficit for at least six years in a row. The deficit was $8.5 million dollars at the end of last school year. The interim superintendent is worried the district won’t be able to make payroll later this month.

The review team has scheduled interviews with staff and school board membersfrom nine in the morning until six at night.

The review team has until the first week in April to determine if an emergency manager should run the district.

Emergency managers run two school districts and four cities in Michigan.

Lindsey Smith helps lead the station'sAmplify Team. She previously served as Michigan Public's Morning News Editor, Investigative Reporter and West Michigan Reporter.
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