Ex-Royal Oak High School Principal Explores New Business Venture

Michael Greening tests the waters for a new company aimed at helping high school students.

Former Royal Oak High School Principal Michael Greening, who resigned last spring after being indicted on two felony embezzlement charges, is exploring a new business venture that offers high school students help in finding the right college fit.

The new company is called Compass College Planning and, according to WDIV Local 4, Greening has sent out a mailing to a handful area residents offering advice on the financial aid process and ACT/SAT prep, among other things.

Greening, who  is alleged to have taken between 

The former principal was bound over to Oakland County Circuit Court in August after two days of preliminary hearing testimony that included Royal Oak Police Department Det. Keith Spencer summarizing his examination of Greening’s bank records and credit card statements, noting it appeared Greening had money troubles.

On the Save Greening Facebook page, which offers a forum for people post to opinions, comments, and messages of support, Paul Greening posted a defense fund has been set up for the ex-principal. Donations will be used exclusively for legal costs, which are expected to be in the "tens of thousands of dollars," according the the post.

If convicted of charges, Greening faces up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater, for each charge. The former principal was released on $50,000 personal recognizance with conditions, including that he not leave the state.

Greening will be back in Oakland County Circuit Court at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 13.


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Mark Itall November 08, 2012 at 10:41 PM
No doubt Compass College Planning has some wonderful advice on the power of ethics.
TJO November 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Isn't it the job of counclers and the high school to educate and prepare a student for college? I know from first hand experience that they fail horribly for a vast majority of the students. If the High school staff did what they are already paid to do, there would no need for a private company such as this.
The Duke of Royal Oak November 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The fox watching the chicken coop.
Erich Von Zipper November 09, 2012 at 03:13 PM
The staff at ROHS puts out a news letter each year for seniors and their parents that gives the information needed for college but if a person chooses to remain ignorant of this information or expects someone else to do it for them there are companies to file financial aid and college applications.
TJO November 09, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The point is we did do all the leg work ourselves. However for all the specialized positions and monies going towards schools, we deserve more than a newsletter. And if I have to do everything myself, what are we paying our school staff for? I'm not reffering to teachers, but all the councelors, specialized positions and such. Just how many positions does it take to gather a few addresses and publish a newsletter.
Erich Von Zipper November 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
So you admit that you need or want someone to do it for you. Have you asked a councelor at ROHS to help you?
TJO November 09, 2012 at 05:13 PM
My son is in Honors college already, and if you would have read what I wrote, I said we did everything ourselfs with no help from people paid to do it. What I oblect to is salaries that aren't justified. And they keep asking for more.
Erich Von Zipper November 09, 2012 at 07:15 PM
My experience with the ROHS staff was when Mrs Brown was the senior contact and information was available for the asking. I understand that she has retired since then and that the current staff may not be at her level of assistance. I have to ask - what is it that the staff failed to do?
Tina P. November 09, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Erich, it's terrific that you had a positive experience with the counseling at the high school. My experience is that they weren't all that terrific for me, or many of my classmates. I wouldn't be overly impressed with the publication of a boilerplate newsletter, either.
todd blum November 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Fee my nigga
Interesting news. Nothing more to say.


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