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MHSAA welcomes Muskegon Hts. charter school

5:39 PM, Jul. 11, 2012 EDT

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) Changes have come for  students in Muskegon Heights. The public school system is gone, replaced as a charter school. But high school student-athletes will still be able to compete for state championships in an agreement reached between the Michigan High School Activities Association and the new school's officials.

"The game is on," Mosaica Education president Gene Eidelman told Muskegon Heights parents Monday. "We're totally committed to having competitive sports and an excellent band and also much better academics than what's been here before."

Muskegon Heights will continue to be eligible for state tournament playoffs after it met an MHSAA stipulation. Current students who choose to leave now and enroll in another district will be eligible to play there immediately. Any students who were not enrolled in the Muskegon Heights district in the 2012 school year who now transfer in will be forced to sit out a semester of sports. "This scenario, which the new charter school has accepted allows it to maintain the privilege of participating in MHSAA postseason tournaments immediately and we know that was very important to them," says the MHSAA's John Johnson.

Still to be determined is who will lead the new school's athletic programs. Previous athletic director and boys basketball coach Keith Guy has taken the same posts at Muskegon High School. Emergency manager Donald Weatherspoon tells WZZM the charter company is "starting from scratch" in hiring all academic and athletic personnel. He also says he is unsure whether the new school will be able to field as many teams as it has in years past. All hiring is being conducted by the Mosaica Education company.