Good morning –
As the May 2 City of Flint election quickly approaches, I would like to bring to your attention an issue that will be on the ballot for all Flint residents. Flint Community Schools is seeking the renewal of an operating millage that was passed in 2009, aiming to ensure better long-term financing and stability for the district.
The millage is non-homestead, meaning that homeowners will not be affected, and as a renewal, is not a new tax. It levies 18 mills on all industrial, commercial and other non-homestead properties.
Funding from the millage goes toward standard operations within the district, including teachers, transportation, security, infrastructure, facilities and athletics, and is commonplace in every community throughout the state. Residents can find their voting location on the City Clerk’s website, or by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center at https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/.
The millage is one of a number of strategies in planning for the future of our district. In an earlier correspondence, I shared with you my continued focus on stabilization – stabilizing leadership, enrollment, achievement, finances, infrastructure and public confidence in Flint Community Schools. As we continue to edge toward a stable state as a district, we must also ensure that we are looking ahead.
Flint Community Schools has started the process of developing a five-year strategic plan that will ensure the success of all students that pass through our doors, defining a district graduate by 2022. As you know, I firmly believe that collaboration is key to the future of Flint Community Schools. As such, this strategic planning process will include all stakeholders – the Board of Education, parents, community leaders and partners, unions, district staff and administration.
The work has already begun. On Wednesday, April 12 we held our first parent meeting at Freeman Elementary, and participants were highly engaged as they shared their visions for the district and the key competencies that they believe all grads should possess.
I look forward to continued community and organizational input as we move toward the future of Flint Community Schools. Our goal is to have the process completed and a five year plan developed for the Board of Education’s consideration in June.
In line with that forward thinking, Flint Community Schools is reaching out to all district families and residents to encourage early enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. Our enrollment office, located at 923 East Kearsley Street in Flint, is open all summer long, and is happy to assist with questions or concerns regarding paperwork and documentation.
For our families of young children, we encourage participation in early childhood education. As you may know, the benefits of early childhood education are far-reaching and extremely important to the foundation of lifelong learning. Flint Community Schools is proud to offer tremendous early childhood education options throughout the area.
Finally, as you may have heard, the Flint Community Schools’ Board of Education recently decided to combine the athletic departments of Flint Northwestern High School and Southwestern Classical Academy – forming the joint Flint Community Schools Athletics.
I would like to assure you that we are aware of the impact of this decision and the effects it will have on not just our high schools, but our entire district. The driving force behind this decision is our firm belief that this merger will create the best opportunity for our student athletes to succeed both on the playing field and in the classroom.
Combining athletic programs, while keeping both schools open for academics, will allow student athletes to take advantage of the best resources and facilities available across the district. Students will be very much involved in the development of the new program – look for exciting details on a new mascot and colors to come.
As always, I am grateful for your continued support of Flint Community Schools and thank you for serving as a trusted partner in the education of the wonderful children throughout the community.