Enrollment Fair Drive Produces 80 New Students In Muskegon Heights

Muskegon Heights signs up new students during Saturday's Enrollment Fair Drive at the high school. (Chris Poturalski photo)

An Enrollment Fair Drive generated 80 new students for the Muskegon Heights School District on Saturday.

The fair was conducted at Muskegon Heights High School at 2441 Sanford St. It included free hot dogs, popcorn, inflatables, games and other activities for kids. Band members also performed.

The drive also provided both adults and children with the opportunity to meet the heads of the district's four schools as well as teachers and other support staff members.

At the end of the day's proceedings, Mosaica Education Services officials told FOX 17 NEWS that 275 people parents, guardians and students attended the event, with 80 new students enrolling in the district during the day. That gives Mosaica a total of 580 students enrolled toward its goal of 1,000 by the Sept. 4 start of the 2012-2013 school year.

The state took over the failing school district earlier this year and appointed Dr. Donald Weatherspoon as the district's emergency manager. Mosaica took the place of the Muskegon Heights Public Schools recently. The district will operate under a new education model -- the "Paragon curriculum," which integrates different cultures, languages and history into the kindergarten through 12th-grade school day.

Weatherspoon has said that the district is $12.5 million in debt.

Mosaica Education Services is being paid $1.46 million to oversee the charter system.