Jan. 20, 2017
You may have heard news reports today that Pontiac High School and Whitman Elementary have been included on a list of schools under review by the Michigan School Reform Office. I disagree with the state’s decision to place these two schools on the list as we are making measurable progress at both of these schools every day.
Academic achievement is improving, and we will continue building on our successes and delivering results. I am confident that we have the facts, results and the plan to make the case to the state and avoid any negative consequences for students and families.
We have a detailed plan to improve our district, and we are implementing that plan. We are seeing measurable growth in student achievement, but we need more time to allow our plan to work.
We are proud of the work we have accomplished for our district and students:
· We have reduced our budget deficit from $51 million to $25 million.
· We have made tangible gains in student achievement and academic performance in all of our schools.
· We have renovated and reinvested in our school buildings so our students can learn in a safe, modern environment that supports growth and success.
Going forward, there are a few things I would like you to know.
The state will conduct a thorough review of both schools over the next 45 days, and announce any next steps. From our standpoint, we will fight to keep both Pontiac High and Whitman Elementary open and I am confident we will succeed.
We will keep you updated on that process.
Partnering with the School Reform office and Oakland Schools, we will continue to demonstrate our ongoing progress in the days ahead.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your superintendent.
Kelley Williams, Superintendent
Parent University is a community partnership between the Pontiac School District and Oakand University. This partnership was created as a holistic approach to help parents become full partners in their child's eductional success through activites, courses, and workshops that offer many helpful community resources.
We are currently looking for anyone interested in volunteering to present a one-time class/presentation for the next semester which starts in January! Classes consist of a one-hour presentation to the parents of the Pontiac Public School District. Courses can be categorized under these four categores: Helath and Wellness, Effective Parenting, Personal Growth and Delvelopment, Navigating the Education System.
For more information, please: Gabriela Sullen at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 451-6862
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