Friday, May 6, 2011

A new district

I start work in the Novi Community School District on May 9, 2011.  

On April 27, 2011, Governor Snyder, in a speech on education said, "Michigan’s future is absolutely dependent on making our education system a success for our students, our teachers, our parents and our economy. . . We need our best and brightest, in teaching, in Michigan. We should provide the highest-quality training that can ensure that every child is taught by a skilled professional who can help that child succeed."

On May 5, 2011, the Michigan House of Representatives cut funding to schools by $500 million dollars - the largest cut in Michigan history.  The proposal approved the state representatives cuts funding 3.5% for schools, on top of the $170 per student cut already in place because of the reduction of federal stimulus money.  The total cut will be between $426 - $470 per pupil.

Yes, it is an interesting time to be a Superintendent. The challenges are great.  But I believe in our mission - developing each student's potential with a world-class education.  

I look forward to working in the Novi Community School District.  I am excited to meet our staff, students, parents, and community.  

While the challenges are great, I have confidence that our school community will continue to make a positive difference for our students.  

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