New Detroit school board members officially took office Wednesday night.
It’s the first time the district has had a true school board since a series of emergency managers took over in 2009.
The district is in much better financial shape after a state-sponsored aid package passed in June. In fact, it currently has a budget surplus.
But it faces a number of chronic problems, including 264 vacant teaching positions. 163 are now being staffed by substitutes, interim superintendent Alycia Meriweather told board members.