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Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System hires interim superintendent

Muskegon Heights
Muskegon Heights

Will work rest of academic year, is also a candidate for full-time position

After going the entire year without a Superintendent, Muskegon Heights Public Schools has found someone to fill the role—for now.

The Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System voted Monday to bring in Rodriquez Broadnax as Interim while the board searches for a full time Superintendent for the remainder of the year.

Broadnax has worked in struggling school districts in Indiana, Nevada, South Dakota and Mississippi. He is also one of five candidates who have applied for the full-time position.

It is the latest development at the public-school district that has experienced a tumultuous academic year. Plagued with teacher and staffing shortages, Muskegon Heights Schools is also facing over $30 million in debt, while forfeiting the right to govern itself.

That responsibility has been outsourced to New Paradigm for Education, a for-profit charter school board that operates out of the east side of the state.

After multiple protests from parents and faculty over New Paradigm’s management of the district this year, the elected school board two weeks ago voted to terminate its contract.

However, the Michigan Department of Education stepped in and facilitated a peace agreement, keeping New Paradigm on for the remainder of the year.

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