More districts face deficits, scramble to avoid takeover

Capital News Service
LANSING – The number of Michigan school districts with budget deficits grew by five in the last year. Some districts mired in long-term crisis asked for emergency managers but others are making strong efforts to avoid state takeover. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed an emergency manager for Highland Park City Schools following the school board’s failure to balance a budget deficit that increased from $6.6 to $11.3 million in one year. Snyder said, “Over the last several weeks, I have grown increasingly concerned about the district’s ability to complete the school year without significant assistance and intervention. The welfare of the students attending Highland Park schools is our number-one priority.”