DETROIT -- Detroit Public Schools' board members on Thursday voted against going to court to fight the state's bid to take over the system's finances.
"We should be careful to take nary a dime from the schools, considering the condition some of the schools are in," said board President Carla Scott, who opposed the appeal.
The board voted 5-5 on the motion, introduced by board member Tyrone Winfrey. There was not a majority after board member Marvis Cofield -- who would have been a tie-breaker -- left the meeting.
Scott made reference to the shortage of supplies that schools are experiencing. The Detroit News on Thursday reported that one school made a public appeal to parents and the community for toilet paper because it was so short on supplies.
The board's vote comes a day after the state's top education official unveiled two nominees under consideration to serve as the district's emergency financial manager. The manager will have broad authority over all fiscal decisions in the district for at least a year, including budgeting and contract negotiations.
Mike Flanagan, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in September determined that DPS finances were in such disarray that the district should be declared in financial emergency.
Under state law, the board could have appealed the decision to Wayne County Circuit Court.
Board Vice President Joyce Hayes-Giles also opposed appealing.
"We can spend a lot of time and a lot of money that this board does not have," she said. "We know we have a financial emergency. We all know that. We're fooling ourselves if we say we don't. We do."
Instead, she said, the board should work with the fiscal manager and partner on solutions.