Charter school district gets self-management plan

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MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan charter school district will operate under a self-management plan rather than an outside management company.


The Muskegon Chronicle reports that officials say the move will bring more local control to Muskegon Heights schools.


The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy board on Monday night hired Alena Zachery-Ross as superintendent, approved an agreement to contract with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District for financial management and picked an employment agency.


Mosaica Education Inc. has served as the management company since the public schools were turned into charter schools. Mosaica, which has said it was losing money on the effort, plans to cease operations in Muskegon Heights this month.


The school system was created in 2012 as a solution to debt that put Muskegon Heights Public Schools into financial emergency.