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Kalamazoo school board approves kitchen remodels at two schools
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education this week approved the remodel of Hillside Middle School and Milwood Magnet School kitchens and serving lanes, as part of projects funded through a 2018 bond. The remodeling of the kitchens at both schools, as stated in the Thursday, Dec. 2 school board meeting, will begin spring 2022 with an estimated budget of $798,024. Related: Kalamazoo school board votes to put tax proposal on May 2022 ballotAccording to KPS Assistant Superintendent Jim English, this purchase also includes the removal or demolition of existing equipment. “The low bid was $798,024 from Stafford Smith to do major kitchen and serving line renovations,” English told the school board. Related: Kalamazoo schools buy air purification systems for cafeterias to improve air quality, prevent COVID spreadThe $96.7 million bond, approved by local voters in May 2018, was the largest bond in district history for Kalamazoo Public Schools.mlive.com
Kalamazoo school board votes to put tax proposal on May 2022 ballot
KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education this week approved a tax proposal the district will take to voters in May. The $197 million bond proposal, to be funded through an estimated 2.31-mill property tax, was approved by the school board at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 2, for placement on local ballots in a May 3, 2022, special election.mlive.com
Timeline of Flint superintendents shows steady turnover since 2005
FLINT, MI -- Just minutes after being appointed as superintendent by the Flint Community Schools Board of Education, Kevelin Jones II said he was only focused on the future of the district — not the past. He’ll have to keep that mantra top of mind if he plans to succeed as the next superintendent of a district that has experienced almost constant turnover with leadership for over a decade.mlive.com
Van Buren County school board votes 6-1 to ‘retire’ Hartford Indian mascot
VAN BUREN COUNTY, MI — A school board in Van Buren County voted this week to stop using the name “Indians” as the district’s mascot. The Hartford Public Schools Board of Education voted 6-1 to “respectfully retire” the Hartford Indian and related images during a Nov. 22 meeting, a press release from Superintendent Kelly Millin said. The school board decision came after residents were able to voice their opinions during a public comment time. A new mascot will be chosen through a student-led process with input from the community and stakeholders, the release said. After a months-long search process, the district landed on “Trailblazers” as its new team name and mascot.mlive.com
Final approval given for $1k+ bonuses to all Saginaw Public Schools employees
SAGINAW, MI - Saginaw Public Schools finalized plans for bonuses of more than $1,000 for each of its employees Wednesday night, giving $801,081 worth of surplus revenue back to staff. The district’s Board of Education approved the payout as part of the consent agenda at its Wednesday, Nov. 17 meeting.mlive.com
Saginaw schools employees may receive $1k+ bonuses after unexpected enrollment surge
SAGINAW, MI - Saginaw Public Schools’ 676 employees are set to each receive $1,185.03 bonus pending approval at Wednesday evening’s Board of Education meeting, according to the agenda. Superintendent Ramont Roberts said the bonuses come from an incentive negotiated last year in the district’s collective bargaining agreements that focused on raising enrollment rates. If the district’s enrollment increases and the general fund balance meets a certain threshold, a portion of that balance will be given back to employees, he said. Employees hired within the last week will also receive a bonus after a 90-day probationary period, Roberts said. Read more:Saginaw Public Schools’ enrollment has dropped for more than a decade.mlive.com
Flint schools files motion to dismiss lawsuit from superintendent
FLINT, MI -- Flint Community Schools’ Board of Education defendants have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit Superintendent Anita Steward filed against them in September. Steward filed the lawsuit seeking monetary damages alleging that board members violated district bylaws and procedures and interfered with Steward’s day-to-day operations. Board President Carol McIntosh and board members Joyce Ellis-McNeal, Danielle Green and Laura MacIntyre are each named as defendants in the lawsuit. Steward previously attended Flint Community Schools and graduated in 1993. Read more on MLive:Flint superintendent Anita Steward files lawsuit against board of educationFlint school board issues warning to superintendent for not keeping members informedFlint schools superintendent on personal leave after performance reviewTwo Flint school board members resignAnita Steward takes over as Flint Community Schools superintendentmlive.com
Ann Arbor Public Schools approves $4.9 million in one-time payments to help retain staff
ANN ARBOR, MI - Ann Arbor Public Schools’ Board of Education recognized the efforts of district employees during the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, approving a one-time, off-schedule, non-recurring 2% retention payment. The school board approved the payment for six different AAPS employee groups, equating to approximately $4.9 million. The payment, which is provided by federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, is for all salaried, full-time district employees and is anticipated to be made during the month of December.mlive.com
Saginaw Township district closes all schools Monday for ‘staffing shortage’
SAGINAW, MI - All Saginaw Township Community Schools are closed Monday, Nov. 8 due to a ‘staffing shortage.’The district announced the move in a post made to both the district’s website and Facebook page on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 7. Staff members were told not to report and after-school programs were also canceled. A Board of Education committee of the whole meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Arrowwood Conference Center, 5410 Seidel, will go on as planned, according to the post. Representatives for the school district could not immediately be reached for comment. Read more:Saginaw County districts report preliminary fall 2021 Count Day numbersSaginaw Township, Swan Valley schools will require masksWith spiking COVID-19 cases, ‘test-to-stay’ has helped Bay County schools keep kids in classesmlive.com
Saginaw Public Schools sells old Jerome Elementary School building to ISD for $35K
SAGINAW, MI - Saginaw Public Schools has agreed to sell the former Jerome Elementary School building to the county’s intermediate school district for $35,000. Jerome Elementary School has been closed since the end of 2013 but the building, located at 1515 Sweet St., has been leased by the Saginaw ISD for its Head Start and Early Head Start childcare programs. At the end of 2013, Saginaw Public Schools closed Jerome Elementary alongside Longfellow Elementary School and Arthur Eddy K-8 Academy, a move that saved the district $3.8 million, according to previous MLive reporting. Saginaw Public Schools enrollment had declined year over year for more than a decade until the number of students unexpectedly spiked in the October 2021 unaudited count. Read more:Saginaw’s Jerome Elementary teachers sad, yet positive as they pack their classroomsSaginaw Public Schools’ enrollment has dropped for more than a decade.mlive.com
Hamilton Community Schools seeking voter support for $21.6M bond for new classrooms, building repairs
ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI – Hamilton Community Schools is asking voters to consider an 18-year, $21.6 million school improvement bond on the Nov. 2 election ballot. The bond would help fund districtwide repairs and the construction of eight new classrooms at Hamilton Elementary School. In August 2020, a district bond proposal for $65.6 millions was voted down 2,990 to 1,840. Over the last year, Hamilton school leaders drastically scaled back its plans for this bond proposal. Hamilton schools is in Allegan County but is among the 11 public school districts in the Ottawa County ISD.mlive.com
Judge rules in favor of Ann Arbor schools in canceled child care program lawsuit
ANN ARBOR, MI - A judge has ruled in favor of Ann Arbor Public Schools and its Board of Education in a lawsuit alleging it was in violation of the Open Meetings Act for not deliberating the decision to discontinue its school-aged child care program for the 2021-22 school year. “Plaintiff mistakenly claims the superintendent’s status as an employee of the Board renders her unable to act independently of the board,” AAPS’ motion states. The superintendent is responsible for the management of the schools under board policies and is accountable to the board,” AAPS’ policies and regulations state. It also has approved two child care providers that previously administered before- and after care at three of its buildings to offer those services at reduced capacity this fall. READ MORE:Ann Arbor Public Schools slapped with lawsuit over decision to cancel child care programWashtenaw County parents, elected leaders to discuss state of child careTension grows between parents, Ann Arbor schools on school-aged child caremlive.com
Bay County’s Pinconning Area Schools reverses mask mandate after two weeks
BAY COUNTY, MI - Against the advice of the Bay County Health Department, Pinconning Area School District has rescinded its mask mandate two weeks after putting it in place. In his letter, Vieau said the decision would be made with the assistance of the Bay County Health Department. However, the department had recommended the district keep the policy in place, Health Officer Joel Strasz said. No other Bay County district currently has a universal masking mandate in place as of Tuesday. Read more:COVID-19 outbreak at St. Charles Community Schools leads to mask requirementCarrollton Public Schools becomes latest Saginaw County district to require masksVaccination, face masks highly recommended as Bay County sees rise in COVID-19 transmissionmlive.com
Carrollton Public Schools becomes latest Saginaw County district to require masks
SAGINAW COUNTY, MI - Carrollton Public Schools’ Board of Education voted Monday, Sept. 20 to require mask use in district buildings effective Wednesday, Sept. 22, according to a letter from Interim Superintendent Jill Wrzesinski posted on the district’s website. Carrollton appears to be the fourth district in Saginaw County to require universal masking. Saginaw Public Schools began the year with a mandate in place, and Saginaw Township Community Schools and Swan Valley School District both decided to require masks last week. Saginaw Township Community Schools Superintendent Bruce Martin also discussed how universal masking would simplify the quarantine procedures before his district voted to require masks Tuesday, Sept. 14. Saginaw Township, Swan Valley schools will require masksmlive.com
Manchester school board adjourns meeting when parents refuse to wear masks
MANCHESTER, MI - Manchester Community Schools continues to wrestle with enforcing its mask policy inside district buildings. The Board of Education on Monday was compelled to adjourned its regular meeting after some members of the public refused to wear masks. Bezeau and members of the Manchester Board of Education could not be reached for comment Monday. There were no issues with students entering school buildings without masks on Wednesday, Sept. 8, Bezeau said. READ MORE:Unmasked Manchester students enter building in protest of mandateSaline students walk out to protest COVID mask mandateIndoor mask mandate now required for all Washtenaw County K-12 schoolsmlive.com
Flint schools superintendent temporarily replaced after performance review
FLINT, MI -- Flint Community Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday night to appoint Kevelin Jones, once assistant superintendent, to act as a temporary replacement for Superintendent Anita Steward. The school board held a special meeting to review Superintendent Anita Steward’s performance. After coming out of closed session, the board appointed Jones to interim superintendent. The school board issued a verbal warning to Steward in June for not keeping members of the board informed. The first four weeks of the new school year were full of cancellations due to excessive heat and mold found in classrooms.mlive.com
Fight is ‘not winnable,’ school board says before voting to comply with Kalamazoo County mask mandate
CLIMAX, MI -- The fight against the county health department’s mask mandate is not a winnable one, the Climax-Scotts Board of Education said this week. About 70 parents and community members attended Thursday’s meeting where a handful of people spoke out against the mandate, urging the board to fight the health department. “The health department has the authority to implement the mask mandate and the authority to enforce it,” Newington said. The health department mandate is effective immediately and remains in effect until six weeks past the date the COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and available to children ages 5 years through 11. Also on MLive:Despite the debate, masks mandated at Mattawan schools after health department orderSchoolcraft had no choice but to implement mask mandate for students, superintendent saysPortage parents continue protesting school mask mandate, now extended to all gradesmlive.com
Chelsea school board votes to keep Toni Morrison book in library despite uproar
CHELSEA, MI - A book donated to the Chelsea School District will remain on shelves of the high school library after a vote before the district’s Board of Education to remove it failed. At a school board meeting Monday, Aug. 23, board member Tammy Lehman introduced a motion to remove the book until it could be reviewed, but the motion failed by a 6-1 vote. In a letter to district families, Chelsea School District Superintendent Julie Helber said “The Bluest Eye” was one of 13 books donated by Chelsea’s One World One Family Task Force. In 2007, the group Livingston Organization for Values in Education objected to the book being used in the curriculum at Howell High School. “‘The Bluest Eye’ does not belong in any high school on a recommended resource list,” she said.mlive.com
To mask or not to mask? One district argues for parent choice despite Kalamazoo County mask mandate
SCHOOLCRAFT, MI -- A southwest Michigan school district is advocating for parent choice after a mask mandate was issued by the county health department. Schoolcraft is currently “asking for more information, data, and transparency from our health department,” Superintendent Rick Frens said. We are hoping to have accurate and complete data sets from our health department to inform decisions. “We also believe these large decisions should be made at a local level, not mandates through a county health department,” the superintendent said. A spokesperson with the Kalamazoo County health department could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.mlive.com
Florida will offer school vouchers in cases of "COVID-19 harassment"
Florida's Board of Education on Friday unanimously approved an emergency rule that will allow parents to obtain vouchers to move their children to another school if they perceive any type of "COVID-19 harassment" against their child as related to mask or testing mandates, the Tampa Bay Times reports.Why it matters: Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has been vocal about giving parents the right to choose whether their children wear masks in schools. The rule was crafted by his administration after he pushednews.yahoo.com
Saginaw Public Schools awards bean elevator demolition contract
SAGINAW, MI - Saginaw’s long-defunct bean elevator is another step closer to demolition after Saginaw Public Schools’ Board of Education voted Wednesday to award a contract for the job. The elevator demolition will cost $543,210 and the smaller demolitions at SASA, which include a classroom and daycare space at the north and southeast corners of the building respectively, will cost $149,600. A new arena-style athletic fieldhouse and football stadium is planned for the bean elevator site. The original timeline for the demolition was sometime in November, but Roberts believes it could be done much quicker, he said. Read more:Despite defeats, Saginaw preservationist continues fight to save Beans bunny sign’s towerSaginaw’s iconic ‘beans bunny’ lowered from its perchSaginaw schools superintendent, board president affirm commitment to preserving beans bunny signmlive.com
Saginaw Public Schools will hold special board meeting Wednesday
SAGINAW, MI - Saginaw Public Schools will discuss multiple important topics during a special Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Aug. 4. Previously-discussed plans for the district’s new comprehensive high school call for a new athletic complex to be built on the land under the elevator. The meeting might also include the presentation of final designs for the new Handley Elementary School, Roberts said. In March, the district unveiled preliminary conceptual renderings and blueprints for the new Handley building and comprehensive high school, which are projects funded by the $100 million bond millage passed in November 2020. Read more:Saginaw Public Schools preparing extra student support ahead of return to classroomsSaginaw Public Schools plans to ‘be aggressive’ in recruiting new teachers, staffSaginaw Township police hosting National Night Out event with ‘carnival atmosphere’mlive.com
Ann Arbor Public Schools slapped with lawsuit over decision to cancel child care program
ANN ARBOR, MI - An Ann Arbor parent has filed a lawsuit against Ann Arbor Public Schools and its Board of Education, alleging it was in violation of the Open Meetings Act for not deliberating the decision to discontinue its school-aged child care program for the 2021-22 school year. Hannon said he believes Swift’s decision to discontinue school-aged child care for 2021-22 falls under the Open Meetings Act as a matter of public policy. It also has approved two child care providers that previously administered before- and after care at three of its buildings to offer those services at reduced capacity this fall. No private child care providers responded to the request, Cluley said. READ MORE:City, county look to provide assistance as Ann Arbor schools update before- and after-school care progressChild care among 7 programs Washtenaw County is targeting with $71M from fedsGrowing group seeks solutions to school-aged child care shortage in Ann Arbormlive.com
All but 1 Saginaw County school districts starting before Labor Day
SAGINAW, MI - Saginaw Public Schools will start its fall 2021 semester before Labor Day, joining all but one district in Saginaw County this year, Superintendent Ramont Roberts said at the district’s Wednesday, July 21 Board of Education meeting. The district will have its first day of the 2021-2022 school year on Monday, Aug. 30, Roberts said. The district planned to start prior to Labor Day last year but adjustments related to the COVID-19 pandemic ended up pushing the start date until after September 6. To start before Labor Day, school districts must get a waiver from the Michigan Department of Education to sidestep a 2005 law mandating post-Labor Day starts, which was intended to promote tourism in Michigan. According to 2021-2022 school year calendars listed on district websites, all but two districts are planned for late-August starts and another, Frankenmuth School District, starts Wednesday, Sept. 1.mlive.com
Flint teachers demand new contract at school board meeting
FLINT, MI -- Flint teachers made their appearance known before the Flint Community Schools Board of Education meeting on July 21. Karen Christian, United Teachers of Flint president, Bruce Jordan, MEA UniServ director, and Carmella Johnson, SEIU Local 517M Paraprofessional Unit president, all spoke before the board during public comment. Teachers operated during the 2020-2021 school year under a one-year extension of their previous contract, which ended before the school year. It is no wonder you cannot attract, recruit and retain highly-skilled educators.”Jordan referenced a lawsuit that he filed against Flint schools in May alleging that the district is using unfair labor practices. “I expect people in their job to go the extra mile, but I also expect them to get paid for going the extra mile,” Board President Carol McIntosh said.mlive.com
Ribbon cutting offering tours of JPS’ newly-renovated John R. Lewis Elementary
JACKSON, MI - Jackson Public Schools will welcome the community to its newly-renamed John R. Lewis Elementary next week with a ribbon cutting ceremony, offering tours of the renovated building. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 at the formerly-named Lincoln Elementary at 154 W. Clark St. JPS Board of Education Trustee Erin White led a committee to seek community input on renaming of the former Lincoln Elementary building in November. Lincoln Elementary School, built in 1953 and named after former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, has not been used as an elementary school building since 1992. An $86.7-million bond passed by voters in 2018 provided the opportunity to reopen the vacant school building.mlive.com
District extends deadline for Philadelphia students to opt to repeat a grade
The Philadelphia School District will give families more time to request that their children repeat a grade, Superintendent William Hite announced at a Thursday Board of Education meeting. The new...philadelphia.chalkbeat.org
Chelsea School Board member’s recall appeal delays signature collection
CHELSEA, MI - Chelsea School District Board of Education President Kristin van Reesema has appealed the recall petition against her by a community resident, putting on hold efforts to collect signatures that would challenge her seat on the board. A petition is not valid for circulation if at any time the circuit court determines that each reason on the recall petition is not factual and of sufficient clarity. An election in this case would not specifically ask voters to recall van Reesema. Instead it would put van Reesema up against any other candidates choosing to run against her. “The most important part was that there was no special meeting, there was no discussion,” Balaka said.mlive.com
Kalamazoo Public Schools board approves 2021-22 budget
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The leaders at Kalamazoo Public Schools approved the budget for next school year this week. The Board of Education voted to approve the 2021-22 budget, which assumes an increase in state funding and higher enrollment, at a meeting Tuesday, June 29. Kalamazoo Public Schools and other Michigan school districts receive money from the state based on the number of students enrolled and a yet-to-be-determined per-pupil amount. Based on recent state proposals, Kalamazoo school leaders anticipate an increase in the per-pupil dollar figure, Deputy Superintendent Gary Start said. “I’m very pleased the district was able to develop this type of budget,” Start said.mlive.com
Mott Foundation president to Flint schools: ‘Let us help you’
FLINT, MI -- Ridgway White kept it simple while speaking before the Flint Community Schools Board of Education. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation president and CEO spoke before the board during public comment at a special board meeting to approve a budget just days before the July 1 deadline. “Today, I am asking you to let the Mott Foundation help,” he said during the board’s first in-person meeting since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “My goal at the Mott Foundation is to ensure that every child in Flint has an equal opportunity for success,” White said. That money comes from a more traditional source and helps Flint schools establish a steady fund balance as they move forward, board members have discussed.mlive.com
Language to recall Chelsea School Board president clear enough to move forward, commission rules
CHELSEA, MI - Language on a petition seeking the recall a Chelsea School District board member is ready to be submitted to voters, the Washtenaw County Elections Commission ruled Tuesday. The commission voted 3-0 on June 29 that the reasons proposed by resident Michele Balaka for the recall of Chelsea School Board President Kristin van Reesema are factual and clear. van Reesema, whose school board term expires in 2022, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. An election in this case would not specifically ask voters to recall van Reesema. READ MORE:Parent pushes for recall of Chelsea School Board president over in-person classes debatePushing back in-person learning increase met with resistance from some Chelsea parentsSome Washtenaw County schools will miss out on funding for not offering enough in-person instructionmlive.com
San Francisco school board's latest crisis: Racist tweets
FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks outside City Hall in San Francisco. Breed joined a chorus of officials who have denounced the tweets by the vice president of San Francisco's school board, Alison Collins, as racist and anti-Asian. The posts resurfaced last week amid a surge of violence and harassment against Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. They are the latest embarrassment for San Francisco’s school board, which has prided itself on putting racial equity at the top of its agenda. Under a plan recently negotiated with its labor unions, San Francisco plans to phase-in the reopening of elementary school classrooms in mid-April.
Ann Arbor parent pens open letter to Michigan officials to commit to full-time school in fall
ANN ARBOR – Local parent Nick Bagley has penned an open letter to the Michigan legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calling for legislation that would ensure children return to school full time this fall. “I think a lot of parents are feeling kind of hopeless about this school year,” said Bagley. Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift has publicly said that school will be back full time in the fall. “They’ve shredded the trust they had in the community.”He criticized the state’s decision to leave school openings during the pandemic up to the districts.
Farmington Public Schools board approves increasing in-person learning
FARMINGTON, Mich. – The Farmington Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted 6-0 on Tuesday to increase in-person learning and relax the 6-foot social distancing measure in order to increase in-person learning for students. The district will continue other mitigation practices such as mask wearing, hand washing, cleaning and sanitizing, air filtration and student partitions. The board also granted interim Superintendent Bobbie Goodrum to make decisions for the district on how to move forward. Districts across the state are seeking clarification on the March 22 date.”AdThe district is currently looking to offer five four-hour days of in-person learning for elementary students with no in-person lunch, as well as four full days of in-person learning for middle and high school students. Families who have chosen remote learning and learning at a distance can continue to have their children learn in those models.
Morning Briefing March 9, 2021: Michigan confirms first case of South African COVID variant, school funding fuels hybrid learning debate, more
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.351 has been identified in a child in Jackson County. The health department did not say how the boy was infected but a case investigation is underway to determine close contacts and if there are additional cases associated. This new variant was originally detected in South Africa in October 2020 and shares some mutations with the B117 variant. From reporter Jason Colthorp:Two pieces of legislation passed last week offering additional funding for Michigan schools that provide at least 20 hours of in-person learning. Michigan has reported more than 2.6 million doses of the COVID-19 administered, as of Monday, with 20.9% total coverage in Michigan.
School funding fuels hybrid learning debate at West Bloomfield School District
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Two pieces of legislation passed last week offering additional funding for Michigan schools that provide at least 20 hours of in-person learning. Gretchen Whitmer, but one school district is now trying to decide if it’s worth to re-route its current learning plan. The West Bloomfield School District is in hybrid learning and was planning to keep it until next year. READ: What to know as Detroit public schools resume in-person learningBut the potential loss of $1.2 million in additional funding forced the district’s Board of Education to discuss on Monday whether to increase in-person learning to 20 hours a week. We’re living with the reality of the Legislature being the Legislature,” Hill said.
Parent advocacy group ‘celebrates’ Ann Arbor School Board’s decision to offer hybrid learning
Ann Arbor Reasonable Return co-founder Jesse Kauffman holds a sign at a rally organized by the group in downtown Ann Arbor on Jan. 30, 2021. ANN ARBOR – Parent group Ann Arbor Reasonable Return released a statement on Wednesday afternoon in response to the Board of Education’s vote to offer a hybrid learning option. “Today, we celebrate the vote by the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education to offer Hybrid/Hyflex learning,” reads the statement. The grassroots organization founded by local parents, including medical professionals, has been advocating for the safe return to face-to-face learning. Ann Arbor is the only district in Washtenaw County and one of few in the state that has remained virtual since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Ann Arbor-area teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday
ANN ARBOR – The Washtenaw County Health Department has announced that approximately 1,200 local teachers will get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday. In partnership with Michigan Medicine and IHA, the Health Department is allotting this week’s vaccine supply from the state toward the effort as districts begin to reopen ahead of Gov. “Limited vaccine supplies continue to hamper our local efforts to reach everyone currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination,” Jimena Loveluck, health officer for Washtenaw County Health Department said in a statement. The Board received substantial backlash over its decision at last week’s meeting to rush a vote on staying virtual. “We are grateful for their work with the Governor’s team to resolve the issues that delayed getting vaccines to K-12 staff across Washtenaw County compared to communities across the rest of the state.
Possibility of remote learning for remainder of school year in Ann Arbor draws pushback
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is expected to decide this week whether school remains remote for the rest of the year. Three Skyline High School seniors spoke to Local 4 about their hopes for an in-person option. “We’re one of two school districts in this state that don’t have some kind of hybrid option,” he said. All three students are hopeful the district will offer a hybrid in-person learning option and commit to a start date. READ: Ann Arbor students, parents rally at Skyline High School to demand return to hybrid learning
Ann Arbor high school students to protest Saturday, demand return to schools
ANN ARBOR – High schoolers have organized a rally to take place at Skyline High School on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. calling for the return to in-person learning. The move comes days after the Ann Arbor School Board made a motion to direct Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift to recommend that the majority of students remain in a virtual setting for the rest of the year. Ad“I created a Google form asking Ann Arbor students to express how they feel about online school and if they want to go in person. Parent group Ann Arbor Reasonable Return raised over $30,000 in less than 24 hours to establish a political action committee against the Ann Arbor School Board over its quick motion to potentially change its return to school plan it laid out in January. AdRelated reading:Ann Arbor School Board will vote next week on plan to continue virtual learning through end of yearHundreds of physicians, psychologists call for Ann Arbor Public Schools to reopenParents call for schools to reopen at rally in downtown Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor parents launch GoFundMe to start PAC as school district mulls staying virtual
ANN ARBOR – A GoFundMe organized by parent group Ann Arbor Reasonable Return has surpassed its $30,000 goal in under 24 hours. “Ann Arbor Reasonable Return is exploring all options to get relief for families in the Ann Arbor Public Schools who have been in virtual only learning since March 13, 2020,” reads the GoFundMe page. “We are raising funds for establishing a political action committee (PAC) that can then take steps like retain professional legal and lobbying counsel. According to the Board of Education, if they vote to keep school virtual, children with the greatest needs will be able to return to buildings at the end of March. AdCo-founder of Ann Arbor Reasonable Return Lena Kauffman said that the group is currently in the process of signing with the firm.
Ann Arbor School Board will vote next week on plan to continue virtual learning through end of year
The Ann Arbor School Board will vote next week whether or not to continue virtual learning through the end of the school year. ANN ARBOR – In a Board of Education meeting that lasted nearly six hours on Wednesday, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board approved a resolution to modify its plan to return to in-person learning in favor of finishing the school year virtually. The Board voted 5-2 in favor of the motion. Trustee Kelly questioned the legality of the motion and urged the vote be postponed by a week. During next Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board will vote on Superintendent Swift’s recommendation to continue in-person learning through the end of the school year for the majority of students.
Farmington Public Schools superintendent, 2 board members resign alleging harassment and ‘dysfunctional behavior’
FARMINGTON, Mich. – The superintendent of Farmington Public Schools as well as two members of the district’s Board of Education have resigned, citing allegations of harassment and “dysfunctional behavior.”According to a press release from the district, superintendent Bob Herrera’s resignation was announced in a board meeting Monday. The resignation comes after Herrera filed a complaint against board member Angie Smith for harassment. “Farmington Public Schools will continue to serve the students and families well in our community; the District has a strong leadership team that will continue to move the District forward.”The board voted to pass a resolution censuring Smith. At the end of the meeting, board member Pamela Green announced her resignation from her position as board president and board trustee, effective Nov. 20. Board vice president Terry Johnson also announced his resignation -- effective Nov. 21 -- with approximately 45 days left of his term.
Farmington Public Schools board votes to continue remote learning for elementary schools until at least Jan. 11
FARMINGTON, Mich. – The Farmington Public Schools Board of Education voted on Tuesday for elementary schools to remain in remote learning until at least Jan. 11, 2021. Following the Guidance for In-Person Instruction, it says that Districts should consider remote instruction for the entire district. Disruption to FamiliesWe acknowledge the disruption of this constant move from in-person to remote instruction causes for families. “We know that other districts in Oakland County are struggling, as well, with the factors listed above.”Students in the Individualized Education Program will continue to follow the district’s recommendation and remain in remote learning. The district is still planning to have middle and high school school return to in-person learning on Jan. 25, 2021.
Utica Community Schools offers virtual academy, remote learning to begin school year
UTICA, Mich. – Utica Community Schools will be offering a remote classroom with the option to transition to in-person learning and a 100 percent online virtual academy. READ: More return to school coverageThe UCS Virtual Academy is a completely online program taught by UCS teachers. If a student in the virtual academy wants to return to the classroom, they will be assigned to the school in their attendance area. Class days at the virtual academy will follow traditional daily school schedules and calendar. Click here for more information about the virtual academy
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District to begin 2020-21 school year with remote learning only
WALLED LAKE, Mich. The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools district will begin the 2020-21 with remote learning only. The district said the Walled Lake Schools Board of Education voted on Tuesday at its special meeting to adopt the WLCSD Return to Learn Plan. The district will begin the 2020-21 school year online and conduct school with remote learning only until at least Friday, Oct. 30. More: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicThis decision was not made lightly. After reviewing survey data from District parents, survey data from the WLCSD staff, and thousands of survey comments and emails, the Board of Education concluded it is in the best interest of the entire school community to start the school year virtually as to ensure the safety of everyone, reads a statement from the district. The district recently conducted a survey of parents with the following results:
Ann Arbor Public Schools: Classes to start on Aug. 31
Published: May 21, 2020, 10:15 am Updated: May 21, 2020, 11:51 pmANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor Board of Education provided several updates on Wednesday evening at a study session, namely that the 2020-21 school year will begin on Aug. 31. District officials said classes will be a modified face-to-face, blended and virtual learning experience. According to a district study, students in elementary, middle and high school reported high participation in distance learning. Heres the breakdown of the levels:Elementary: More than 93% of students participating in distance learningMiddle school: 88% of students participating in distance learningHigh school: 88% of students participating in distance learningAdditionally, 99% of families in the district confirmed to have connectivity capability. If there are any health concerns returning to school, virtual learning will still be offered.
Highland Park Board of Education approves new high school, adult education program
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – Highland Park’s Board of Education approved the issuance of a proposal to build a new high school and create an adult education program. Through the request for proposals the board anticipates to see responses from various public school academy operators for a college preparatory high school. “The children of Highland Park deserve a high-quality education that prepares them for future success,” said Alexis Ramsey, board president in a statement. “Our community overwhelmingly supports our vision for the future of Highland Park schools and our children.”The adult education program is designed for those who wish to obtain their high school diploma and vocational certification training. This is one of many announcements made by Highland Park for economic and urban renewal.