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Muskegon Heights Academy System files restraining order against Board of Education

Daniel Boothe
Daniel Boothe

Motion comes after firing of President Antonette Robinson last week

After the firing of Its President last week, The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System has filed a temporary restraining order against the district’s elected board of education.

According to the academy system board’s attorney, Eric Delaporte, the Muskegon Heights Board of Education ignored the proper protocol of removing an academy system board member when they fired President Antonette Robinson last week.

“The hope here is that the restraining order not only maintains the status quo, but it gives the parties time for emotions to cool down,” Delaporte said. “And for them to come to an understanding that it’s not about politics, its about kids.”

The restraining order comes after Board of Education last week issued a vote of “no-confidence” in the Academy System, as the district has been plagued this school year with extreme staffing shortages, an empty Superintendent seat, and protests by students, parents and staff over curriculum and managerial issues.

Elected Board President Trinell Scott says that the firing of Robinson came after the Academy Board couldn’t come up with a corrective action plan to move the district in the right direction.

“We needed to make some adjustments, and with those adjustments, that means that we had to reconstitute the PSA Board, and make sure that our students are the #1 priority,” she said.

Meanwhile Robinson says, she isn’t leaving. At the academy system board’s regular meeting Monday, Robinson told the board she would not step down as President until the court rules on the matter.

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