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Rick Pluta of MPRN: Pontiac Schools Next to Close?

Friday, May 10, 2013

What's next for Michigan's cash-strapped school districts? Buena Vista school district closed with weeks left in the academic year, and Pontiac schools may be next. According to Rick Pluta of MNPR, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan has issued a letter to the Pontiac School district warning that it won't make its payroll May 17th.

Read the State Department of Education's Interim Report - Preliminary Review of the Pontiac School District.

The following text is from State Superintendent Michael P. Flanagan's letter to Pontiac Schools:

_Brian Dougherty, Superintendent Carol Turpin, Pontiac Board President Pontiac School District 47200 Woodward Avenue Pontiac, MI 48342

Dear Superintendent Dougherty and Board President Turpin:

In an April 23, 2013 letter to you, I advised that I was authorizing a Preliminary Review under Section 4 of PA 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act. The purpose of the Preliminary Review is to “determine the existence of probable financial stress” within the district. This section of law also requires that an interim report of findings be provided to the district within 20 days following commencement of the preliminary review. This letter is to transmit the interim report of findings to meet that obligation.

The district has five (5) days from the date that the interim report is submitted to the district to provide comments on this report. The law requires that I must complete a final report within 30 days following the commencement of the Preliminary Review and submit it to the Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board. If a finding of probable financial stress is made by that Board, the Governor shall appoint a Review Team to determine if a financial emergency exists.

Please provide your comments on the interim report to both Dan Hanrahan at and Carol Wolenberg or by fax to (517) 241-0196. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely, Michael P. Flanagan State Superintendent

cc: Tim Greimel, House Democratic Leader, 29th State House District Jim Marleau, State Senator, 12th State Senate District Carol Wolenberg, Deputy Superintendent, Michigan Dept. of Education Daniel Hanrahan, Director of State Aid and School Finance, Michigan Dept. of Education_

If a Lansing bailout isn't an option, what can be done to keep more school districts from falling into this situation?

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