Dave Sipka http://michiganradio.org en Muskegon Heights schools face dramatic cuts and wait for emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-schools-face-dramatic-cuts-and-wait-emergency-manager <p>A new plan to eliminate a running deficit at Muskegon Heights Public Schools would close schools and cut teacher pay by 40-percent. That means a teacher with a PhD and 20 years of experience would make around $40,000 a year. New teachers would make around $20,000.</p><p>But school leaders admit the plan is still unlikely to work.</p><p>Unions haven&rsquo;t even voted on the concessions. But interim superintendent Dave Sipka had to submit the plan anyway to get the money the district needed from the state in order to make payroll.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:10:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6344 at http://michiganradio.org State superintendent recommends formal review of Muskegon Heights Public Schools' finances http://michiganradio.org/post/state-superintendent-recommends-formal-review-muskegon-heights-public-schools-finances <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Department of Education is&nbsp;recommending<a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/Muskegon Heights Results of Preliminary Review.pdf"> the governor conduct a formal review</a> of Muskegon Heights Public Schools&rsquo; finances. That&rsquo;s the next step in a process that could lead to the appointment of an emergency manager &ndash; which <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-begins-review-muskegon-heights-schools-finances">the school board has asked the state to do.</a></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:51:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5789 at http://michiganradio.org State superintendent recommends formal review of Muskegon Heights Public Schools' finances State begins review of Muskegon Heights schools' finances http://michiganradio.org/post/state-begins-review-muskegon-heights-schools-finances <p>Tomorrow the state will begin a preliminary review of the Muskegon Heights School District&rsquo;s finances. This is the first step in a process that would determine if the school district needs a state-appointed emergency manager.</p><p>Many school districts and municipalities make an effort to avoid state takeovers.&nbsp;<a href="http://muskegon-heights-school-board-asks-emergency-manager">But in Muskegon Heights, the school board is asking for one.</a></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 19:50:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5483 at http://michiganradio.org State begins review of Muskegon Heights schools' finances