school closings en Fewer Michigan school districts running a deficit, but struggles continue <p>There are fewer Michigan school districts running into the red this year, and even more are projected to work their way out of budget deficits by the end of the school year.</p><p>Politicians in Lansing say they're encouraged by the trend, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut peel away the top layer and it's not all good news.&nbsp;</span>MLive<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Capitol reporter Jonathon&nbsp;</span>Oosting<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;joined us to explain why.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:23:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 16688 at Fewer Michigan school districts running a deficit, but struggles continue School bells ring in new places for many Michigan students <p>It’s the first day for school for tens of thousands of Michigan students.</p><p></p><p>The drumbeat of a new school year literally began bright and early this morning in Marshall, as hundreds of students packed the school’s gymnasium.</p><p></p><p>Among them were about 140 students from Albion.&nbsp;&nbsp; Albion school officials decided to close that district’s high school last spring to save money.</p><p></p><p>Dan Luciani is Marshall’s high school principal.&nbsp; He says the transition has been going well today despite some crowded classrooms.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:13:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 14237 at School bells ring in new places for many Michigan students New School Year - New School District <div align="left"><p>Tomorrow marks the beginning of the school year for tens of thousands of Michigan school children.</p><p></p><p>For many kids, the year is starting in a different school district then they attended last year.</p><p></p><p>About a thousand Inkster children will be attending classes this fall in four different Wayne County school districts. The state dissolved the Inkster public school district over the summer because of the district’s chronic financial problems.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14228 at New School Year - New School District Two MRSA infections prompt closure of Mt. Clemens School District <p>The Mount Clemens Community School District is closed Tuesday due to reports of two methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus&nbsp;infections. According to the<em> <a href="">Detroit Free Press</a></em>, a teacher and teacher aide were diagnosed with MRSA on Monday.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>School is expected to re-open on Wednesday after custodians disinfect buildings and buses today at the 1600-student district, today said Superintendent Deborah Wahlstrom. Tue, 07 May 2013 17:01:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12446 at Two MRSA infections prompt closure of Mt. Clemens School District How social media closed down more than 100 Michigan schools <p>You might have heard how Genesee and Lapeer counties <a href="">closed down all their schools</a> today and tomorrow due to rumors spreading across Facebook, Twitter, and texts.</p><p>But how could a rumor close so many schools?</p><p>Below is a <em>Storify </em>narrative of how one text message prompted a social media wildfire in southeast Michigan.</p><p>You can click on any of the linked text or images to follow the story further.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:16:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10475 at How social media closed down more than 100 Michigan schools Flint school officials start the process of deciding which schools to close <p>Flint school board members have started weighing their <a href="">options for closing schools later this year.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They didn&rsquo;t like the options they were given last night.</p><p>The two options presented to the school board last night included closing three elementary schools, one or two middle schools and possibly a high school.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:30:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 6628 at Flint school officials start the process of deciding which schools to close Lansing school board talks about reconfiguring schools tonight <p>The Lansing School Board will be talking about closing schools tonight. Supporters of two city high schools are trying to keep them off the list.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Lansing School District is looking at a budget deficit that could be as high as $20 million.</p><p>Tonight,&nbsp;district officials will outline their plan to pare that number down, and closing some school buildings and reconfiguring other schools is part of that plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Bill Morris is a member of <a href="">&lsquo;Save Our Sexton&rsquo;</a>, which is trying to keep Lansing&rsquo;s Sexton High School off the closure list. He says they&rsquo;ve been working with the Eastern High alumni group fighting its closure to get district officials to delay any decisions for a year.</p><p>&quot;They do share many of the same goals, in terms of the future of the district,&quot; says Morris, &quot;The only thing we really differ on is the building to close.&nbsp; If a building has to be closed in this matter for the obvious reasons. School Board president Myra Ford says she&rsquo;s been briefed on part of the plan. She expects no action will take place for a month because&nbsp;the plan&nbsp;may be&nbsp;more broad&nbsp;and effect more&nbsp;schools than&nbsp;most people expect. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6015 at Lansing school board talks about reconfiguring schools tonight Lansing school board may consider closing schools in 2 weeks <p>The Lansing school district may decide in two weeks whether it will close schools&nbsp;to save money.</p><p>The school district is considering ways to restructure to deal with&nbsp;a declining enrollment and diminishing state aid.</p><p>Last night, the Lansing school board heard from people opposed to any plans to&nbsp;close schools. Lansing resident Richard Kibbee&nbsp; says the school board should not take the recommendations for which schools to close from a superintendent who is&nbsp;retiring in a few months.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:53:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 5868 at Lansing school board may consider closing schools in 2 weeks Reconfiguring Lansing schools <p>&nbsp;Lansing public schools may soon undergo a big shake up.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The plan on the table would affect most children in the school district.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Lansing public school district has about half the student population it once had. The district is looking at&nbsp;ways to trim its budget in the short term and stabilize its future finances.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A&nbsp;special&nbsp;task force&nbsp;has been meeting since this summer to come up with ways to address the district&rsquo;s problems.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The plan the board of education will see tonight&nbsp;proposes closing a high school and reconfiguring&nbsp;the district&rsquo;s elementary and middle schools.&nbsp;</p><p>The plan also addresses ways to improve academic performance among Lansing public school students.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The plan calls for offering preschool and developmental kindergarten to 3 and 4 year olds. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:25:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 5411 at Reconfiguring Lansing schools Police stand-off closes a Grand Rapids school <p>Grand Rapids Public Schools has closed Southwest Community Campus school today because of a police stand-off underway in the neighborhood near the school.</p><p>Police are looking for a man who they consider a &quot;person of interest&quot; in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman.</p><p>That incident happened around six o&rsquo;clock this morning. Police have blocked off some streets near the school.</p><p>The shooting is not related to the school at all, but administrators are closing the school because the neighborhood may not be safe for students to travel through it, according to John Helmholdt, spokesman for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 11:37:52 +0000 Vincent Duffy 4805 at Winter storm slams Michigan <p>A big winter storm has hit parts of the upper Midwest, including Michigan.&nbsp; There are hundreds of school closings across the state as wind and cold temperatures make a hard commute this morning for motorists.&nbsp; As the Associated Press <a href="">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span class="article-content"><span>"...a punishing Midwest winter storm pushed through the state, leaving at least two people dead and blacking out 105,000 homes and businesses. National Weather Service officials say high temperatures in the teens and wind gusts approaching 40 mph were expected Monday in Lower Michigan, where residents along southern Lake Michigan got upward of 20 inches of snow. About 7 inches fell in suburban Detroit."</span></span></p></blockquote><p><span class="article-content"><span>Ann Arbor Public Schools, Jackson Public Schools, Lansing Public Schools, and Kalamazoo Public Schools are just some of the closed school districts across the state.</span></span> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:33:55 +0000 Zoe Clark 562 at Winter storm slams Michigan School Closings: Monday, December 13th <p>We're getting word of school closings across the state this morning.&nbsp; They include Ann Arbor Public Schools, Jackson Public Schools, Kalamazoo Public Schools and Lansing Public Schools.</p><p>Be sure to check your child's school to see if it's closed due to winter weather.</p><p>The following websites have detailed school-closing information:</p><ul><li><a href=""></a></li><li><a href=""></a></li><li><a href=""> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 11:45:41 +0000 Zoe Clark 561 at School Closings: Monday, December 13th