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UPDATE: Muskegon Heights School District parents meet

UPDATE 10PM: MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)- The acting superintendent of Muskegon Heights Schools says the district will not close.  Dave Sipka answered questions from concerned parents Wednesday night. About 250 people showed up for the forum.

Sipka says, "I think that represents that there are a lot of people who care about what's going on in Muskegon Heights."

The state is reviewing the cash strapped district's request for an emergency manager.

During Wednesday night's meeting, Sipka also told parents that cuts to employee pay and benefits are a necessary evil and every board member will stay through the transition.


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)- An event Wednesday night is intended to give parents in the Muskegon Heights School District the latest information on a possible state take over of the district, and district finances. That decision on a state financial manager is likely weeks away. But according to acting district Superintendent David Sipka, it is time to clear up as much information as possible with parents and district supporters.

The question and answer event starts at 6:00 p.m. and is expected to finish around 7:15 pm. It will be held at the high school's performing arts center.

The Muskegon Heights School District is $12 million in debt and struggling to make payroll. Last Month paychecks for teacher and employees were several days late.

The review team appointed by Governor Snyder earlier this month has not yet meet. According to Sipka, a judge needs to decide if the team can meet in private or if meeting need to be open to the public. Only after that decision can the team begin working to decide if the district needs a state appointed financial manager.

M.E.A.P. scores released Wednesday show Muskegon Heights High School did not make adequate yearly progress. The middle school and Edgewood Elementary both did achieve adequate yearly progress.

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