6 proposals to run Muskegon Heights School District

Muskegon Heights Public Academy System (File photo)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — The deadline to apply to run the Muskegon Heights School District has come and gone.

The Emergency Manager told 24 Hour News 8 he received six proposals to run the district Friday, but hasn’t released the names yet.

The companies had to apply to the district’s attorney via e-mail, but state treasury department representative Terry Stanton said via e-mail Friday it would take until next week to get the total number of applications.

Those at Muskegon Heights High School deferred questions to the superintendent, who in turn deferred those questions to the district’s attorney. 24 Hour News 8 was told Friday afternoon the district’s attorney John Gretzinger would call with an update Friday evening, but he did not.

24 Hour News 8 did learn one group of area citizens did submit a proposal.

“These young people in Muskegon Heights did not cause the problem,” said concerned citizen and former legislator Mary Winter. “We owe them better. We owe them an education better than a private company that pulls out every couple of years.”

The request for proposals was offering a three year contract to the new education service provider.

The citizens’ request for proposal. (May 23, 2014)

There are 26 people who added their names to what ended up being more of a petition.

It called for things like fair and consistent discipline and a stable environment. The petition also states that the district “cannot be allowed to enter the controversial and unproven Education Achievement Authority School District.” The EAA currently runs several schools in the Detroit area.

“We need to find the solutions to the problems the adults the leaders we owe the next generation an education,” said Winter.

The proposal didn’t offer any solutions and the group doesn’t actually want to run the district next year.

At the district’s monthly board meeting, the emergency manager said once the applications are in, they will go before a nine member committee. If necessary, the committee will do interviews. The will decide who will run the district by July 1.

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