Highland Park schools facing uncertainty

Published On: Feb 22 2012 08:28:02 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 22 2012 11:00:29 PM EST

The school district is facing a possible shutdown due to a financial crisis.


The state-appointed review team for Highland Park schools voted again on Wednesday that a financial emergency existed in the district. But this time it was in public.

A judge last week ruled review teams must hold open public meetings and any work they’ve done is void, including the appointment of emergency financial manager Jack Martin. He's temporarily off the job.

The district is facing an $11.3 millions deficit. The team said the district could run out of money this week and fail to make payroll.

A special school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

The state has given the district a $4 million loan and several advancements and bailouts.

“The district received $9, 979 per pupil and it expended $10,744 per pupil,” said review team member Carol Wolenburg.

The uncertainty is alarming to several parents and students who expressed their feelings during the meeting.

“Make sure these teachers get paid this Friday,” said concerned parent Melissa Ross. “My kids are worried about if they’re going to have school next week.”

READ:Statement from state leaders on Highland Park Schools


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