emergency manager http://michiganradio.org en Muskegon Heights schools has lots to do as charter company departs http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-schools-has-lots-do-charter-company-departs <p>Mosaica Education, the charter company running Muskegon Heights schools, only has a few days left in its contract. But the district still has lots to do to get everything in place for the fall.</p><p>Last night the district hired its superintendent at a special board meeting. But it still has to finalize agreements with a staffing agency to hire all of its teachers and few other vendors by Monday.</p><p>This summer it has to finish building repairs, and rearrange all the grade levels because an elementary school building will close.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:27:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18155 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights schools has lots to do as charter company departs Review team to determine what district already knows: Benton Harbor schools in financial stress http://michiganradio.org/post/review-team-determine-what-district-already-knows-benton-harbor-schools-financial-stress <p>Benton Harbor Area Schools has taken the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-schools-danger-not-making-payroll-state-reopens-financial-review">next step in process </a>that could result in an emergency manager.</p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder announced today his appointment of a six-member review team. The team has 60 days to determine if the district is in financial stress.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:45:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18117 at http://michiganradio.org Review team to determine what district already knows: Benton Harbor schools in financial stress Emergency manager says new arrangement at Muskegon Heights schools will be more economical http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-says-new-arrangement-muskegon-heights-schools-will-be-more-economical <p>Muskegon Heights schools’ emergency manager thinks a new setup to run the district next year will be more economical than hiring another charter company.</p><p>For the last two years, a<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-ends-contract-charter-school-company"> for-profit company ran Muskegon Heights schools.</a> But it ran into <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/charter-school-ceo-says-muskegon-heights-schools-owes-company-2-million">cash flow problems. </a>The state had to give the district<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-school-system-continues-its-struggle-meet-payroll-asks-state-more-money"> two cash advances this spring</a> to pay staff and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-running-out-money-lend-schools-financial-distress">give it an emergency loan to keep schools open </a>through the end of the school year. &nbsp;</p><p>“We are in a survival mode,” Muskegon Heights schools emergency manager Gregory Weatherspoon said at a press conference Tuesday. “We will go for whatever will work and save us money and this was a cost savings to us,” he said. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:28:38 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18046 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency manager says new arrangement at Muskegon Heights schools will be more economical Muskegon Heights schools rejects for-profit charter bids in favor of (some) local control http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-schools-rejects-profit-charter-bids-favor-some-local-control <p><strong>Updated: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-says-new-arrangement-muskegon-heights-schools-will-be-more-economical">Emergency manager says new arrangement will be more economical than charter school company</a></strong></p><p>Muskegon Heights schools will not hire another for-profit charter company to run the district. Instead, the district plans to hire its own superintendent, a staffing company and the intermediate school district in Muskegon County to run schools for the next three years.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:03:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18030 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights schools rejects for-profit charter bids in favor of (some) local control Already run by emergency manager, Highland Park schools face new budget shortfall http://michiganradio.org/post/already-run-emergency-manager-highland-park-schools-face-new-budget-shortfall <p></p><p>Despite a previous state takeover, a slew of surprise costs and a dramatic drop in student enrollment have led to a new budget deficit for the public school district in Highland Park.</p><p>A multi-million dollar deficit prompted a state takeover of Highland Park Public Schools in 2012. The state appointed emergency manager<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/using-emergency-loans-pay-other-loans-some-michigan-school-districts-are-doing-it"> restructured the district’s deficit into long-term debt </a>with over <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-running-out-money-lend-schools-financial-distress">$7 million in emergency loans from the state. </a></p><p>The manager created a new charter school district to educate students. In 2012 &nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-schools-em-explains-move-charter-schools">The Leona Group LLC.,&nbsp;</a>a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">charter company,</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-schools-em-explains-move-charter-schools" style="line-height: 1.5;">was hired to run the entire district </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for an annual fee of $780,000.</span></p><p>But now the district is running a deficit again. Thu, 15 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17602 at http://michiganradio.org Already run by emergency manager, Highland Park schools face new budget shortfall Muskegon Heights ends contract with charter school company http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-ends-contract-charter-school-company <p><strong>Updated 5:10 p.m.</strong></p><p>Mosaica Education and Muskegon Heights Public School Academy have come to a mutual agreement to end their working relationship.</p><p>“This was a difficult decision for us and our board,” Mosaica Chief Executive Officer Michael Connelly said in a written statement.</p><p>“We are very proud of the academic turnaround we were able to achieve under the leadership of Alena Zachery-Ross, our regional vice president and the superintendent for the system,” he said.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:04:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17371 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights ends contract with charter school company Benton Harbor schools in danger of not making payroll, state reopens financial review http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-schools-danger-not-making-payroll-state-reopens-financial-review <p>Benton Harbor Area Schools has been running a deficit since 2007. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-schools-avoid-further-financial-reviews-now">A review in 2011 found financial stress</a>, but the district was in the middle of making changes to save money. No emergency manager was appointed under a previous version of the law.</p><p>But State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says BHAS isn’t making enough progress on the deficit.</p><p>The deficit is $14.7 million. For perspective, its revenues this year were $31.8 million.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:04:52 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17341 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor schools in danger of not making payroll, state reopens financial review Muskegon Heights charter board president: Schools will stay open, “That’s a promise.” http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-charter-board-president-schools-will-stay-open-s-promise <p>Muskegon Heights' charter school board acknowledged at a meeting Monday night it doesn’t know how it’ll fund operations for the rest of this school year. But it is reassuring the community it’ll figure something out by next week at the latest.</p><p>“As soon as we have something I will share it with you. That’s a promise,” Muskegon Heights Academy’s school board president Arthur Scott said.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:22:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17307 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon Heights charter board president: Schools will stay open, “That’s a promise.” Charter school CEO says Muskegon Heights schools owes company $2 million http://michiganradio.org/post/charter-school-ceo-says-muskegon-heights-schools-owes-company-2-million <p>The Muskegon Heights charter school district owes the company that’s operating its schools a little more than $2 million. That’s according to Mosaica Education’s CEO.&nbsp;</p><p>The new charter district was created in Muskegon Heights when severe cash problems prompted a state takeover of the traditional school district by an emergency manager in 2012. Now the charter district is having cash flow problems of its own.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:03:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17291 at http://michiganradio.org Charter school CEO says Muskegon Heights schools owes company $2 million Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Royal Oak Township http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-declares-financial-emergency-royal-oak-township <div><p>Now that Gov. Rick&nbsp;Synder has confirmed that a “financial emergency” exists in the Detroit suburb, Royal Oak Township officials have seven days to decide how to move forward.</p><p>Under the state’s emergency manager law, known as the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, there are four options the township can choose:</p><ul><li>a consent agreement,</li><li>an emergency manager,</li><li>neutral evaluation,</li><li>or Chapter 9 bankruptcy</li></ul><p><a href="http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MITREAS/2014/03/19/file_attachments/278816/ROT_GovConfirmation%2B3-19-14.pdf">From the governor’s office</a>:</p><blockquote><p>On January 30th, Governor Snyder determined that a financial emergency exists in Royal Oak Township after reviewing a report from an independent financial review team. Following a hearing township officials requested, as allowed under PA 436, State Treasurer Kevin Clinton recommended that the governor confirm his determination of a financial emergency.</p></blockquote><p>State officials say the township board has until 5 p.m. on Wed., March 26&nbsp; to make a choice on how to move forward.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:52:08 +0000 Mark Brush 16904 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Royal Oak Township Audio: A conversation with former Benton Harbor emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-conversation-former-benton-harbor-emergency-manager <p>The city of Benton Harbor is no longer in a financial emergency. Gov. Snyder today announced the appointment of a Receivership Transition Advisory Board.</p><p>Behind the turnaround is Benton Harbor’s former emergency manager, Tony Saunders II. He spoke with the host of&nbsp;<em>All Thing Considered</em>, Jennifer White.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:22:03 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16801 at http://michiganradio.org Audio: A conversation with former Benton Harbor emergency manager Benton Harbor's financial emergency ends http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbors-financial-emergency-ends <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Snyder says Benton Harbor's financial emergency is over.</span></p><p>It's been four years since the state appointed an emergency manager to run the city's finances.&nbsp;</p><p>Snyder attributes Benton Harbor's success, in part, to the new emergency manager law he signed after voters repealed a former version. The law gives managers broad powers to fix the finances of the cities and school districts.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Snyder also gives Benton Harbor's most recent emergency manager credit for building trust in the community. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Listen to the audio above.&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:52:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 16792 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor's financial emergency ends Review team to look over Lincoln Park's finances http://michiganradio.org/post/review-team-look-over-lincoln-parks-finances <p>LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a review team to look at the finances of Lincoln Park.</p><p>The review is part of the process under state law that could lead to the appointment of an emergency manager. The review team was announced Monday.</p><p>A loan board determined last month that "probable financial stress" exists in Lincoln Park, southwest of Detroit.</p><p>Lincoln Park borrowed $2.5 million from its water and sewer fund for a pension payment in fiscal year 2013, and 46 percent of its general fund revenues in fiscal 2012 went to debt payments and retirement obligations.</p><p>The review team has 60 days to report back to Snyder. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:37:29 +0000 The Associated Press 16392 at http://michiganradio.org Review team to look over Lincoln Park's finances With $2.3 million state loan, Benton Harbor emergency manager prepares an exit http://michiganradio.org/post/23-million-state-loan-benton-harbor-emergency-manager-prepares-exit <p>Benton Harbor’s emergency manager is planning his exit. That’s after the state agreed to loan the city more than $2 million.</p><p>When Benton Harbor officially began its financial emergency, Jennifer Granholm was the governor. During the last four years, the city has operated under three different versions of Michigan’s emergency manager law. That’s how long it’s been.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:20:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16309 at http://michiganradio.org With $2.3 million state loan, Benton Harbor emergency manager prepares an exit Flint's special blue ribbon committee will continue to meet 'behind closed doors' http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-special-blue-ribbon-committee-will-continue-meet-behind-closed-doors <p>Flint’s emergency manager says a special blue ribbon committee looking at ways to better run the city should continue to meet behind closed doors.</p><p></p><p>Emergency Manager Darnell Earley appointed the 23 member committee this month. The panel will be meeting for the next several months to study how best to run the city. And those meetings are taking place behind closed doors.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:52:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 16069 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's special blue ribbon committee will continue to meet 'behind closed doors' Flint City Council to start on the path to 'self-governance' http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-start-path-self-governance <p>The Flint City Council meets tonight, and for the first time in two years, the council will actually have something to do.</p><p></p><p>Flint has been under a state-appointed emergency manager for two years.</p><p></p><p>Current emergency manager Darnell Earley says it’s time for the City Council to get more involved in decisions.</p><p></p><p>“The way to do that is for them to begin some of their meetings on some issues that we want ultimately the council to have some impact on,” says Earley.</p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:35:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15985 at http://michiganradio.org Flint City Council to start on the path to 'self-governance' Highland Park financial review team to meet with public http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-financial-review-team-meet-public <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This afternoon, the public will have an opportunity to address the state panel looking into Highland Park's finances.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Governor Snyder appointed the review team earlier this month&nbsp; after a preliminary review<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/treasury/0,4679,7-121-1755_1963-317594--,00.html"> found</a> the city in "probable financial stress."</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:11:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15712 at http://michiganradio.org Highland Park financial review team to meet with public Benton Harbor emergency manager asks state for loan; city commissioners reject the plan http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-emergency-manager-asks-state-loan-city-commissioners-reject-plan <p>Elected leaders in Benton Harbor are rejecting the emergency manager’s plan to take on debt to pay down the city’s deficit.</p><p>Benton Harbor has been under state control for three years. It's cut its deficit by a third; from $3.4 million in 2010 to $1.2 million, according to the latest audit.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:57:04 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15351 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor emergency manager asks state for loan; city commissioners reject the plan Benton Harbor leaders at odds over proposed income tax; voters decide Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-leaders-odds-over-proposed-income-tax-voters-decide-tuesday <p>A southwest Michigan city under state control will decide whether to impose a new city income tax in Tuesday's election. An emergency manager has been running <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/benton-harbor">Benton Harbor </a>since March 2010.</p><p>If the proposal passes, people who live or work in Benton Harbor will pay a small percentage of their income to the city government. More than <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43715-153955--F,00.html">20 other Michigan cities have an income tax.</a></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:38:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15104 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor leaders at odds over proposed income tax; voters decide Tuesday In this morning's headlines: NERD fund gone, HiPark financial trouble, Det Council rejects loan deal http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-nerd-fund-gone-hipark-financial-trouble-det-council-rejects-loan-deal <p><strong>Gov. Snyder shuts down NERD fund</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder’s controversial NERD Fund will be shut down this week and replaced. Its official name is the New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund. Governor Snyder used the fund to pick up costs he says should not be paid by taxpayers," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-shutting-down-controversial-nerd-fund">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Highland Park could have an Emergency Manager soon</strong></p><p>A state board has determined that the city of Highland Park has probable<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-could-go-back-under-state-oversight-ecorse-schools-get-reprieve"> financial distress</a>. Gov. Rick Snyder will next appoint a review team which could lead to an appointment of an emergency manager. According the Associated Press, "The Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board also determined there is no probable financial distress in Ecorse Public Schools. A similar hearing is scheduled Wednesday for Royal Oak Township."</p><p><strong>Detroit City Council rejects loan deal from EM</strong></p><p><br />"The Detroit City Council has rejected a proposed $350 million loan deal. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr . . . planned to use most of the $ 350 million to pay off two banks. That’s controversial because he’s proposed much steeper cuts for other Detroit creditors. Bankruptcy court Judge Steven Rhodes will have to sign off on the deal," Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-council-hopes-send-message-rejecting-loan-proposal">reports. </a><br /> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:25:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14938 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: NERD fund gone, HiPark financial trouble, Det Council rejects loan deal