Employees, students affected by Highland Park bailout

Gov. Snyder signed HB 4455 last week that allocates an additional $4 million to get Highland Park Schools’ students through the rest of the school year. However, the money does not go directly to the troubled school district. Rather, each student will receive $4,000 to either remain in Highland Park or go to another school district – a huge disruption midway through their academic year.

Highland Park employees, however, experienced a payless payday last week and this additional money can’t be used for their salaries.

In addition, Snyder will reappoint the same emergency manager for Highland Park. A recent court order ruled the first appointment was void because the assigned financial review team did not hold an open meeting. The review team again found the district in a financial emergency and the school board did not object to the finding.