Inkster district working to secure funding to keep schools open - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Inkster district working to secure funding to keep schools open

Posted: Updated:
Inkster Public Schools Inkster Public Schools
INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) -

Dire financial times have parents in Inkster worried about their kids' education.

Leaders with Inkster Public Schools have until 5 p.m. Monday to come up with a lot of cash or the district could be dissolved. State leaders feel it is just not viable anymore.

"Some things aren't fixable, and my team said even a manager with the powers that they would have couldn't come in and fix this," said state Treasurer Andy Dillon. "But we're willing to take another look and let Inkster show us that we're wrong."

Dillon said the district is currently working with Comerica Bank to get enough funding to carry them through the upcoming school year.

However, if that does not happen, a new law signed by the governor in July gives the state the authority to basically disband it or any other struggling school district whether parents like it or not.

"I think it's crazy. I think that they shouldn't close the schools down because there's nowhere for the kids to go. There's too many kids out here, and what are they going to do about their education," said Kenita Gee.

The effected students would likely go to bordering districts instead such as Romulus, Taylor, Wayne-Westland or Westwood.

It is a business decision based on a nearly $15 million budget deficit, but for parents there is more at stake.

"I came out, my brothers came out, my whole entire family came out, so I really would like for at least one of my kids to come out of that school," said Craig Ellis. "We're just going to keep the prayers going, and we might get lucky."

  • Robin MurdochRobin MurdochMore>>

  • Detroit concert with Spielberg sells out quickly

    Detroit concert with Spielberg sells out quickly

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:28:29 GMT
    Tickets for a special concert in Detroit featuring director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams sold out in record time.
    Tickets for a special concert in Detroit featuring director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams sold out in record time.
  • 5th suspect arraigned in beating of Steve Utash

    5th suspect arraigned in beating of Steve Utash

    Sunday, April 13 2014 12:59 AM EDT2014-04-13 04:59:04 GMT
    A quick hearing was held Saturday at the juvenile detention facility for yet another suspect allegedly involved in the brutal beating of Steven Utash. This time, it was a 16 year old who politely addressed the court at one point asking for a tissue because his hands were sweaty.
    A quick hearing was held Saturday at the juvenile detention facility for yet another suspect allegedly involved in the brutal beating of Steven Utash. This time, it was a 16 year old who politely addressed the court at one point asking for a tissue because his hands were sweaty.
  • Wayne County's debt elimination plan presented to officials

    Wayne County's debt elimination plan presented to officials

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:19:00 GMT
    More than a dozen mayors and supervisors from all around western Wayne County gathered Friday to learn about the $175 million deficit and how it affects them from the man who helped come up with the plan to bail them all out, Wayne County's Chief Financial Officer Mark Abbo.
    More than a dozen mayors and supervisors from all around western Wayne County gathered Friday to learn about the $175 million deficit and how it affects them from the man who helped come up with the plan to bail them all out, Wayne County's Chief Financial Officer Mark Abbo.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Oakland Co. fighting the growing heroin epidemic

    Oakland Co. fighting the growing heroin epidemic

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:44:13 GMT
    A heroin epidemic is spreading across metro Detroit communities. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says cases are up more than 300 percent from last year, and that appears to be the trend everywhere.
    A heroin epidemic is spreading across metro Detroit communities. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says cases are up more than 300 percent from last year, and that appears to be the trend everywhere.
  • Jayru Campbell readmitted to Cass Tech

    Jayru Campbell readmitted to Cass Tech

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:41:37 GMT
    A spokesperson for Detroit Public Schools announced Wednesday afternoon Jayru Campbell has been readmitted to Cass Tech.
    A spokesperson for Detroit Public Schools announced Wednesday afternoon Jayru Campbell has been readmitted to Cass Tech.
  • Woman suspected of robbing 8 banks in custody

    Woman suspected of robbing 8 banks in custody

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:18:35 GMT
    A woman is in custody after the FBI believes she robbed multiple banks across metro Detroit.
    A woman is in custody after the FBI believes she robbed multiple banks across metro Detroit.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices