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State debt forgiveness positions Muskegon Heights schools for a stronger future

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – With a stroke of Governor Whitmer’s pen, Muskegon Heights Public Schools’ (MHPS) state debt was forgiven Monday, positioning the community’s K-12 schools for future success.

                As part of a recent budget supplemental signed into law, Muskegon Heights Public Schools is among a handful of districts across the state to receive debt forgiveness. Gov. Whitmer signed House Bill 4292 and Senate Bill 174, providing $114 million in school district emergency loan debt relief for 5 districts. Muskegon Heights will receive $31.3 million for various dates, districts benefiting are Pontiac, Benton Harbor, Ypsilanti and Inkster. Funds are expected in mid-February.

                “This is a great day for the Muskegon Heights community,” said Trinell Scott, president of the MHPS Board of Education. “I have advocated for local control for years, anticipating the state’s debt forgiveness so that we can continue rebuilding our district – one that is stronger and better than ever. Our children, teachers and community deserve the very best education for our children.”

                As part of the debt relief, MHPS will develop strategic plans for increased student enrollment, attracting and retaining certified teachers, and capital improvements. The district will offer school board training focused on finances. Overall objectives include increased attendance and graduation rates.

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