Muskegon Heights schools gets emergency manager

Governor Snyder has appointed Donald Weatherspoon as Muskegon Heights School District emergency manager effective April 23.

In December 2011, the school board requested an emergency manager to help them out of an estimated $8.5 million budget deficit. A financial review team confirmed the board’s need and recommended the appointment of an emergency manager.

Muskegon Heights teachers have continued to show their commitment to the Heights and its students throughout the process. In March, they hosted a Tiger Day Rally which brought out parents and the community in support of the schools.

Weatherspoon has 27 years of experience in education and currently serves on the Michigan Liquor Commission. He will have the authority to strip the school board of its powers, void contracts and replace local control over district decisions.

This is the first time any group has asked for and gotten an emergency manager since PA 4 became law.