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Tue May 21, 2013
New unified school district superintendent in Ypsilanti speaks
The litany of school districts in serious money trouble is long and growing longer: Buena Vista, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Pontiac, Albion.
Now we hear that Hazel Park schools are broke, according to the Superintendent, who blames an "unexpected drop" in student enrollment.
Close to fifty public school districts across our state are facing deep deficits. Buena Vista actually closed down for two weeks while scrambling to find enough money to keep things running.
Other districts have implemented layoffs and program cuts.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. And some say Michigan has too many school districts, and that consolidating some of these districts is a prudent choice.
Last year, the state encouraged Ypsilanti and nearby Willow Run schools to consolidate.
After tough decisions regarding layoffs, staff restructuring and closing buildings, the consolidation will happen July 1.
Scott Menzel is the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and, come July 1, he will be the superintendent of the new unified district: Ypsilanti Community Schools.
He joined us today in the studio.
Listen to the full interview above.