Caroline MacGregor April 28, 2014 | WGVU Mosaica Education
started to operate Muskegon Heights Public Schools in 2012 as a charter school.
In spite of huge obstacles and high hopes the charter operator could turn things
around, the district continues to struggle with debt and reduced student numbers.
the Muskegon Heights school board voted to let the contract with Mosaica expire
at the end of June.
When it took over, the operator was focused on setting a new standard of education for students while the district tackled an increasing
Education Inc., President Mike Connelly, says the district owes them 2 million
dollars after they paid for upgrades to buildings and to help make payroll. He
also says the school only has 900 students – 500 less than that required for
their business model which counted on 1400 students.
Manager, Greg Weatherspoon, blames a lack of communication between Mosaica and
the district for contributing to the financial crisis.
Meanwhile, Alena Zachery-Ross, Regional Vice President and Superintendent
of Schools, had no comment to offer on the announcement, saying it has been a
particularly difficult week for the district, which is in mourning for one its
students, Marquis Gresham, who was shot
to death last Wednesday.
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