Muskegon Heights Public Schools

Governor appoints emergency manager for Mhps

DWeatherspoonDonald Weatherspoon, a former Michigan State University professor and current government administrator, has been appointed emergency manager for Muskegon Heights Public Schools.

Weatherspoon has a Ph.D. in general education administration as well as experience with a wide variety of government agencies. He served as an adjunct professor in the school of criminal justice at Michigan State University for 21 years. 

As emergency manager, Dr. Weatherspoon will develop a written financial and operating plan within 45 days of his appointment. Weatherspoon will also maintain ongoing communications with school district officials, parents of Muskegon Heights students, members of the community, and the media.

For the latest news and orders made by  Dr. Weatherspoon go to the MHPS website 

other news regarding emergency manager


Chronicle: Emergency manager: 'Dramatic changes' ahead for Muskegon Heights schools (see article) 

Chronicle: Muskegon Heights school board, interim chief relinquish roles to emergency manager (see article)

Chronicle: Muskegon Heights schools emergency manager retains power after petitions rejected (see article)


strengthening mhps schools

Muskegon Heights Public Schools have been wrestling with rising expenses, funding reductions, soaring health care and legacy costs, and declining enrollment which exhausted the district's fund balance and led to a deficit of $8.5 million as of June 30, 2011. (See Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, Powerpoint Document'Muskegon Heights Public Schools Financial Crisis' )

On December 7, 2011, the Muskegon Heights Board of Education voted to officially request an Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) from the Superintendent of Instruction for the State of Michigan, Michael P. Flanagan. The EFM's role would be to analyze the district's financial position and make necessary changes to help the district recover from its financial stress. Here we will offer information and updates as this process unfolds.

information resources

from interim superintendent dave sipka

PDF DocumentLetter dated March 30, 2012
PDF DocumentLetter dated February 7, 2012
PDF DocumentLetter dated January 27, 2012
PDF DocumentLetter dated January 5, 2012

press releases

PDF DocumentDeficit Elimination Plan prompts State Aid Payment; calls for concessions and consolidation of buildings (see release)

mhps school board

PDF DocumentMHPS Board Actions To Reduce Costs 
       (see article)

timeline of financial crisis

PDF DocumentReview of steps taken to face the crisis
       (see article)

Questions regarding public act 4

PDF Document Frequently Asked Questions Regarding 
        Public Act 4 of 2011, the Local Government
        and School District Fiscal Accountability Act
        (see article)

how a financial emergency works

External Link    Process of Determining if an Emergency
       Financial Manager will be appointed
       (see article)

news articles

Latest News from the State of Michigan

Review Team to Examine Muskegon Heights Schools' Finances (see article)

Governor names emergency manager for Muskegon Heights Public Schools (see article)


latest news stories

Chronicle: It's personal: A promise kept for Muskegon Heights senior D.J. Collins (see article) 

Chronicle: Departing Muskegon Heights High principal had mixed results as 'turnaround specialist' (see article)  

Chronicle: Emergency manager learning way around Muskegon Heights schools (see article)  

Chronicle: Muskegon Heights schools emergency manager is 'Coach Weatherspoon' to Mona Shores superintendent (see article) 

Chronicle: Muskegon Heights officials hope school emergency manager's connections pay off (see article)

Chronicle: Muskegon Heights teachers union pledges to work 'closely' with emergency manager (see article)