Wayne-Westland's new superintendent looks toward unprecedented school year

About two months into his new job, Wayne-Westland Superintendent John Dignan is going to steer the district through the most uncertain school year in memory. Dignan said the community will get through the pandemic school year together and was encouraged so many staff and teachers took time this summer to serve on back-to-school committees. "They're all in," he said. "They want what's best for our kids and they're working hard." In normal and atypical times alike, Dignan thinks Wayne-Westland has a lot of good programs to build on. He said the district's diversity, William D. Ford Career Technical Center, arts and gifted programs are all assets. In a lot of ways, he said the community r

Eliminate attendance requirements and count days this fall

Eliminate attendance requirements and count days this fall Schools shouldn’t formally count daily attendance this fall and should use last year’s enrollment numbers to calculate funding, the state’s superintendent and leaders of seven education associations say. Tracking attendance while students are learning remotely “could be very time consuming and enormously onerous and ultimately at the expense of time spent focusing on young people,” State Superintendent Michael Rice said during a legislative hearing on Tuesday. He and other education leaders stressed that point in a letter to top lawmakers earlier this month. As coronavirus cases rise in Michigan and more districts announce plans to t

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools will be bringing in four social/emotional therapy dogs

The dogs were acquired through a grant with Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, as well as Shepherd Public Schools. Support from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe aided in awarding these grants for the school. "Two were purchased earlier this year, one was just released to their host and the other will be released to their host family some time in August," Speech Language Pathologist at MPPS, Tracy Wood said. "Due to additional grant funding, another two dogs were just purchased this month. We are making plans now for their host families and school placements for the fall." Since the dogs are owned by MPPS, the grant funding takes care of the purchasing of the dogs as well as their other needs like

Kalamazoo Public Schools announce graduation plans

Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) has announced plans for in-person graduation ceremonies for Loy Norrix, Kalamazoo Central, and Phoenix high schools and the Kalamazoo Innovative Learning Program (KILP). Phoenix High School and KILP, 6 p.m. Aug. 4, at Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave. Loy Norrix High School, 6 p.m. Aug. 5, at Loy Norrix’s Kasdorf Auditorium, 606 E. Kilgore Road Kalamazoo Central High School, 6 p.m. Aug. 6, at Kalamazoo Central Auditorium, 2432 N. Drake Road KPS officials say the district is committed to creating safe, socially-distanced, in-person ceremonies. Graduating seniors and a limited number of guests will arrive at staggered, designated times. Facilities will be

Port Huron Area School Board passes resolution to eradicate racism

The Port Huron Area School Board recently passed a resolution to "Eradicate Racism and Create More Equitable and Inclusive Schools for All Children." The board voted unanimously to adopt the resolution at its June 22 regular meeting, which took place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 7-0 vote came four weeks to the day that George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck, while he was prone on the street with his hands cuffed behind his back, for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The incident sparked protests around the nation and world against structural racism in all of its forms, including policing and education. The city

Muskegon Heights' "Book-Bike" encourages summer reading

A lot of libraries still don't let people inside. so the library went on the road in Muskegon Heights. This "Book-Bike" criss-crossed the Muskegon Heights school district, with three stops to pass out free books. They're trying to get kids, and adults, to read more this summer. The Book-Bike is a community outreach effort by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. Grant money paid for the one-thousand dollars’ worth of books passed out just today in Muskegon Heights. "We know that kids have been out of school longer than normal and anything we can do to help them keep reading in the summer is so important," said Kyle Mayer of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. Rané


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