Inkster School District officially dissolves

By Hank Winchester, Local 4 Reporter, @HankLocal4
Published On: Jul 25 2013 10:57:05 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2013 03:45:53 AM EDT

The school district couldn't get the state to accept a debt reduction plan.

INKSTER, Mich. -

Thursday evening, parents, teachers and administrators said goodbye to the school district which has served the Inkster community for decades.

It is the official end of the road for the Inkster School District. Money problems have forced the state of Michigan to take action and dissolve the district.

District leaders said they had a debt reduction plan, yet that plan was not accepted by the state, therefore it could not secure a bank loan to help them run their schools for a year.

The roughly 2,000 students will be moved to nearby districts in Romulus, Taylor, Wayne and Westland.

Read more: Former Inkster students to find out where they'll be going to school next year

For many people such as Jesse Shelby, the first female president of the school board who has had five children, five grand children and three great grand children attend schools in Inkster, it was a difficult night, to say the least.

"How can you dissolve a school district this fast? And half the kids probably are on vacation," Shleby said.

Teachers and counselors have been saying goodbye. Many of them are losing their jobs.

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