FLINT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
923 E. Kearsley Street — Flint, Michigan 48503
November 16, 2022
As I like to do for each of my communiqués, I want to start with some of the many positive stories happening in our district every day. Southwestern High School and Holmes STEM Middle School Academy hosted a Student Showcase “Artwalk” on Friday, November 11 in Downtown Flint. It is incredible to see our scholars expressing their inner artists, and through these types of events and partnerships, we are giving them the opportunity to present their art in a new light. We are proud of our amazing scholars and educators for making this event a success, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the greater Flint community to give our scholars more opportunities like this.
I’m happy to report that Holmes STEM Middle School Academy was recently selected to be a recipient of 136,000 disinfectant wipes as part of Lysol’s “Here for Healthy Schools” initiative and the Kids in Need Foundation. Disinfectant products are a key piece in making sure our schools stay clean, especially given both COVID-19 and the flu season. These disinfectant wipes will be used to clean shared spaces, frequently touched surfaces and classroom areas, with additional wipes being sent directly to the district’s families. We want to especially thank Ms. Susan Byrd, an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Holmes, who joined the district last spring and was key to securing this important resource. It was incredible seeing a full truckload of Lysol wipe packs across 60 pallets being delivered to our district. Thank you, Ms. Byrd, Lysol, the Kids in Need Foundation and the “Here for Health Schools” initiative for going above and beyond to provide a safe and healthy environment for our scholars, families, teachers, staff and visitors.
After the school day is complete, we encourage our scholars to get involved in after-school programs. We are proud to partner with the Crim Sports program to offer after-school sports programming throughout the school year, and we encourage our scholars to get involved. Whether it’s cross country, basketball, flag football or archery, scholars who participate in this program are learning both the fundamentals of the sport as well as how to be a leader on and off the field. This program, in combination with Flint athletics, is providing scholars with a safe space to stay active and hone these skills. As a community, let’s continue to encourage and cheer on our scholars.
I want to remind our school community that the next community forum will take place next month, Thursday, December 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The last community forum was a great opportunity to have a productive conversation, provide an update on our ESSER-funded projects and share both our short- and long-term goals for the district. We encourage you to join us again on December 15, either at Accelerated Learning Academy or online via Zoom. We hope to see you there.
Part of the long-term goal that we have shared at the community forum is how to offload and repurpose our vacant properties, and given the recent news around these buildings, I want to provide an update. We share the community’s frustration surrounding the destruction of the vacant properties owned by the district, and we are working to address these concerns. These vacant properties are a key piece to our plans to help alleviate the operating deficit and create positive spaces for the children and families of Flint. However, in order to make this a reality, it requires effort from the entire community. While we continue to work with local law enforcement to stop the vandalism, loitering and destruction of these properties, we ask that the community report any suspicious behavior that they witness. If you witness suspicious behavior during regular school hours, please contact Chris Henderson, Director of Operations at Flint Community Schools, at 810-760-1000. Any incidents outside of regular school business hours should be reported to local law enforcement. By working together to protect these vacant buildings, we can ensure that in the near future, they will become spaces that improve our neighborhoods and send a ripple effect through Flint for generations to come.
I want to thank our Board of Education for their ongoing commitment to Flint Community Schools. The Board, administration and the district’s teachers and staff all contribute to a shared mission to provide the children and families of Flint with excellence across academics, wraparound services and extracurriculars. The time, sacrifice and energy necessary to be on a Board is often understated, so I want to thank everyone who ran for the Flint Board of Education and demonstrated their commitment to our scholars and community. While the vote is still being certified, I know that there will be new faces on this stage, joining our efforts to renovate, rebuild and re-energize Flint Community Schools. My administration looks forward to all the work that we’ll be able to do as a unified force.
As we approach the holiday season, we want to express our gratitude for our scholars, families, teachers, staff and Board. It is a privilege to serve our scholars and families, and we thank our school community for trusting in us and working alongside our team to provide a safe place to learn, grow and play. We have much work ahead of us, and through our partnership and shared vision for Flint Community Schools, we will remain Flint-focused while going above and beyond to support our school community.
Flint Community Schools continues to focus on both current and future Flint scholars, and we remain committed to providing an education that will prepare them for a successful future. As we reflect on the numerous successes of our scholars so far, we look forward to creating new memories and opportunities for each scholar to shine and find success, both in and out of the classroom. From renovating our school buildings to best serve our scholars and teachers, adding new members to the Board of Education or providing new opportunities for scholars to soar, we will continue to build upon our successes while standing with you every step of the way. As always, my goal is our success, and we will remain Flint-focused together.