Muskegon Heights names Atlanta charter school company

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) — An Atlanta charter school operator will be the education provider for Muskegon Heights Public Schools beginning this fall.

The district’s emergency financial manager, Dr. Donald Weatherspoon, announced Monday the signing of a contract with Mosaica Education, Inc.

The company will operate four schools within the district — Edgewood and Martin Luther King Jr. elementaries and Muskegon Heights middle and high schools.

“Mosaica was clearly the best fit for Muskegon Heights with high standards for academic performance and research based methods for supporting students that need assistance,” said Weatherspoon in a statement released Monday. “Mosaica will be a strong partner within the Muskegon Heights community. They have a proven business plan, an innovative curriculum that includes online learning and foreign language beginning in kindergarten, and a concrete plan for student safety that includes cameras in every classroom and hallway.”

Mosaica has set up a website where parents can get information on enrolling their children, and for jobseekers looking to apply for positions with the charter system.  It plans to begin taking applications immediately for jobs available with the Muskegon Heights system.

The three newly appointed members of the district’s Academy System board of education also took office on Monday.  Carmella Ealom, Arthur Scott and Darryl Todd will work with the emergency manager to oversee the charter school provider.

Mosaica operates charter schools in Michigan, eight other states, and in Washington, DC, in addition to an online learning system.  It also operates schools in India and the United Arab Emirates.