closing schools http://michiganradio.org en Detroit taxpayers foot big bill for closed schools http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-taxpayers-foot-big-bill-closed-schools <p>Detroit property owners face a quarter century of payments for construction and renovation of school buildings that no longer operate.</p><p></p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:19:16 +0000 Associated Press 15012 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit taxpayers foot big bill for closed schools In this morning's news: Detroit pension systems, consolidating school services, Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-pension-systems-consolidating-school-services-detroit-city-council <p><strong>Detroit's pension systems vs. Kevyn Orr</strong></p><p>Detroit has two pension systems and both have posted fairly strong funding levels. But emergency manager Kevyn Orr has questioned some of those numbers. Orr spokesman Bill Nowling says using more realistic projections changes the funding levels, but Detroit’s pension systems say their numbers are correct.</p><p><strong>Michigan schools might consolidate services</strong></p><p>Michigan schools could be forced to consolidate many of their services into <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts">county-wide systems</a> if state lawmakers decide to go along with a plan released yesterday by state Superintendent Mike Flanagan. Flanagan wants services like transportation, food, and staff training to be handled at the county or regional level.</p><p>“And local districts, they can spend time on student achievement issues and not worry about all that other stuff,” Flanagan told Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher.</p><p><strong>Detroit City Council will select new leader</strong></p><p>The Detroit City Council is expected to select a new president today. The board typically numbers nine but now has six members after two recently resigned and the former President Charles Pugh deserted his duties.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:29:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13428 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit pension systems, consolidating school services, Detroit City Council For Sale signs may soon pop up in front of empty Flint school buildings http://michiganradio.org/post/sale-signs-may-soon-pop-front-empty-flint-school-buildings <p>The man hired by the Flint School Board to find buyers for closed school buildings is not optimistic he’ll be able to find buyers.</p><p></p><p>Last night, the Flint school district hired Cooper Commercial, a Genesee County commercial real estate company, to try to find buyers for more than two dozen old schools and other buildings.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13152 at http://michiganradio.org For Sale signs may soon pop up in front of empty Flint school buildings Plans to close 4 Flint schools to cut costs http://michiganradio.org/post/plans-close-4-flint-schools-cut-costs <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The Flint School District board has decided to relocate Flint Northern High students and close four other schools as part of a cost-cutting effort.<br><br>The Flint Journal reports that following Wednesday's decision Flint Northern, known as the "Home of the Champions," will close as a seventh through 12th grade building. Students there will go to Northwestern High and Southwestern Academy.<br><br>Flint Northern will become the Northern Alternative Education Center and offer a new program for students in seventh through ninth grades.<br> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:34:57 +0000 The Associated Press 11685 at http://michiganradio.org Plans to close 4 Flint schools to cut costs Grand Rapids schools unveils “transformation plan”- includes closing 10 schools http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-unveils-transformation-plan-includes-closing-10-schools <p>The Grand Rapids Public School district would close 10 schools under a new <a href="http://www.grps.org/images/slide/pdf/102912TransformationPlanBookFINAL.pdf">“transformation plan”</a> unveiled Monday night.</p><p>Over the past decade GRPS has lost 7,000 students; dropping it to the fifth largest district in the state. Along with the loss of students, Grand Rapids Public Schools has cut more than $100 million and closed 25 schools. But almost half its buildings are still way below capacity and the graduation rate is only 47-percent.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:40:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9683 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids schools unveils “transformation plan”- includes closing 10 schools Sins of the Fathers http://michiganradio.org/post/sins-fathers <p>Something happened this week which will, unless something changes soon, have the effect of finishing the job of effectively destroying the Detroit public schools. And maybe, Michigan&rsquo;s future.</p><p>The state department of education has ordered Detroit to put in place a financial restructuring plan that would close half the district&rsquo;s schools within two years. That would result in an&nbsp; average high school class size of sixty-two students.</p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:13:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1378 at http://michiganradio.org Sins of the Fathers