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Celebrating Successes

April 14, 2010

Coming into this position I knew it would be challenging. Many staff and community members have asked me if I “like” my job as superintendent. My response has been being a superintendent is the best and worst job in a school district – often in the same day. Last week, I heard that one of our 7th grade students, Jacob Tanner, took first place in the state Geographic Bee competition and will go on to compete in the National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C. in May. In the same time span, I was also preparing to notify 63 faculty members that due to the financial condition of the district we are not sure we will be able to offer them employment for the 2010-2011 school year.

It’s hard to look at the educational landscape in Michigan and across the nation and not feel uncomfortable and even somewhat depressed. We are facing historic shifts in funding, along with the ever changing State and Federal mandates. However, even in this unstable environment there are tremendous successes being accomplished by our students and staff. I encourage the community to remember and celebrate these achievements.

During the next several weeks there will be classroom performances, concerts, sporting events, and numerous other student and classroom activities for the parents, families and friends to witness.  On June 6th, at 6:00 pm we will have the privilege of celebrating the graduation of the Saline High School Class of 2010. Come share in these Saline Area School special events.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly Saiya-Cork permalink
    April 16, 2010 7:51 pm

    Now that we know that we are indeed loosing at least 20 teachers and 2 schools (Houghton and Union), what administrative cuts are being cut?

    Will we continue to see individuals earning more than $100,000.00 a year?

    Will students be supplying their own crayons, markers, paper, etc?

    Will private car privileges be taken away and individuals now asked to use their own cars?

    Has any group come forward with voluntary concessions to help balance the budget?

    Thanks for the updates.

  2. Kelly Saiya-Cork permalink
    April 24, 2010 8:49 am

    As we look towards the 2010-11 school year with fewer teachers, para-educators and larger class sizes, what new supervision techniques will be used in the classrooms and on the playgrounds?

    This year several incidents have occurred on school playgrounds resulting in children being hurt due to poor supervision.

    As we ask both teachers, students and parents to accept these new safety ratios, what safety measures will be enforced to ensure their safety?

  3. April 28, 2010 6:24 am

    We are continuing to review budget options and last night the Board of Education approved $320,000 in concessions from the SEA for the 2010-2011 school year.

    There are no private cars paid for by Saline Area Schools. I do receive a stipend to cover transportation & travel expenses that is often called a “car allowance” – however, it is a personal vehicle.

  4. April 28, 2010 6:25 am

    Regarding safety concerns – I encourage you to attend the upcoming School Safety Forum

    School Safety Forum – Monday, May 17th, 6:30 PM, Pleasant Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria
    In conjunction with the District Parent Council (DPC), Saline Area Schools is hosting a community forum on school safety. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss current safety precautions and explore areas in which we all can improve. This will include discussion around:
    *Building Entry and Exit Procedures
    *Visitor Procedures
    *Parking Lot Safety
    *Playground / Recess Procedures
    *Transportation
    *Large Event Protocols (Assemblies, Sporting Events, Concerts, etc.)
    *Health Related Concerns
    This meeting will take place on Monday, May 17th @ 6:30 PM in the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria. The DPC will provide refreshments for the event.
    We very much value your input and look forward to seeing you there.
    Please feel free to contact Steve Laatsch, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, at laatschs@saline.k12.mi.us or 429-8002 if you have any questions leading up to the event.

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