The Detroit Public Schools board this week fired the city’s school chief and its chief financial officer a week after Michigan declared the district to be in a state of financial emergency. As part of its move, the state will appoint a manager to take over the district’s finances.
The board Monday night voted 7 to 4 to fire superintendent Connie Calloway and CFO Joan McCray. Last week the board filed a challenge to the state’s decision to appoint a fiscal manager.
Some board members had blamed Calloway for the fiscal problems, according to news reports. School board president Carla D. Scott strongly disagreed with the decision to fire Calloway, according to reports.
DPS faces a $408 million deficit, and the state’s action came after officials failed to submit an adequate revised plan for eliminating the shortfall.