Highland Park School Board votes to reinstate emergency manager

School district expected to run out of cash by weekend

Published On: Feb 23 2012 09:57:24 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 23 2012 11:07:08 PM EST
Highland Park schools
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. -

The Highland Park School Board has decided to reinstate the school district's state-appointed emergency manager.

The board held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss whether to appeal another appointment of an emergency manager to run the district.

Watch: Excerpt from school board meeting

Jack Martin had been appointed EM but stepped aside when a Lansing Judge ruled the state financial review teams must meet in open public meetings, in accordance with the state's Open Meetings Act, and any action taken prior to that is void including Martin's first appointment.

The Highland Park Board had seven days to appeal.

Martin could be back on the job soon pending Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's expected approval.

On Thursday, a state financial review team met in public to comply with a recent judge's order and voted that a financial crisis exhausts.

Friday is expected to be a payless payday for teachers and all employees as the district is some $150,000 short to cover payroll.

The state has already given the district two early state aid payments.

One thousand students attend school and enrollment has dropped in recent years.
Snyder and state legislators are not expected to approve another aid payment if the EM is not in place.

How long will teachers work without paychecks? When could the district close? Many parents have said they are confused and frustrated with the uncertainty.