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School District Released from State Oversight

Jul 23, 2021

The Muskegon Heights School District has been released from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act and dissolved its Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB). Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the district following a recommendation to terminate the receivership from the Muskegon Heights School District RTAB. Effective immediately, the school district regained local control without state oversight, marking the end of any school district or community under active state oversight.

The district had been subject to oversight for years. In December 2011, the Muskegon Heights School District’s Board of Education voted to engage an emergency manager to address the fiscal challenges of the district. In January 2012, then Governor Rick Snyder appointed a six-member financial review team to examine the district’s fiscal conditions. The review team concluded a financial emergency was present and an emergency manager was appointed. Upon conclusion of the emergency manager’s term in October 2016, Governor Snyder appointed the RTAB to ensure a smooth transition to local control and continued stability for the school district.

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