Musk. Hts. schools management decision in 2 weeks

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — Muskegon Heights Public Schools says it plans to decide which management company will take over the district within the next two weeks.

The district began seeking a new service provider after it decided to part ways with Mosaica Education, Inc., which had run the district for two years. Mosaica will leave the district June 30 — three years before its contract was set to expire.

Five organizations put in applications to run the district by the May 23 deadline, according to a Wednesday evening release, which did not include the names of those organizations.

Muskegon Heights Emergency Manager Gregory Weatherspoon previously said the district had received six proposals.

24 Hour News 8 learned one of those proposals was more of a petition from concerned community members. 24 Hour News 8 has repeatedly asked for the names of the other organizations and has been denied.

The release said the school board is considering three key goals as it chooses which company will take over its management: academic preparation, financial stewardship, and organizational stability. The board hopes to make a decision within the next two weeks.

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

Additionally, the board is working on a budget for the upcoming school year, to be adopted June 30.

The board also says it’s in talks with Superintendent Alena Zachary-Ross, who ran the district under Mosaica, to stay on with the district.

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