Happy New Year!
Although the holidays can be busy, and for some maybe even a little stressful, I hope that everyone had the opportunity to rest, enjoy family and friends, and celebrate the holiday season. It is a wonderful time of year as we see so many acts of kindness and charitable giving. In our schools, students collected thousands of food items to help stock local food banks. The Dearborn Goodfellows provided gift baskets to more than 500 families in our community, Dearborn Police collected Toys for Tots, Dearborn Rotary and Exchange Clubs supported families, and countless other area organizations, groups, and individuals made contributions to help those in need. I’m very proud and honored to be part of a community that does so much to take care of each other and create a warm and welcoming city for all.
The new year also brings renewed energy as we look to the year ahead and the topics that will be part of our discussions and plans. With many new faces in Lansing, including a new governor, there will be much debate about the Read by Third Grade legislation (see story on page 2) that will impact students across the state. Also, by the time this publication reaches your mailbox, we will know if the State of Michigan has implemented a new school evaluation tool.
In Dearborn Public Schools, our “2019 to do” list includes:
- Updating the Strategic Plan
- Developing a course of action based on the recommendations of the Infrastructure Task Force to address infrastructure, capacity, and security needs in our schools
- Possibly placing a $200 million bond proposal on the November 2019 ballot that will be a no mill increase to tax payers.
- Expanding options for all students, including the Academies model now in place at Fordson and expansion of the Early College Program a partnership with Henry Ford College
Of course we will continue our work to meet the learning needs of all students so they can be successful in the classroom, prepared to move to the next grade level, and eventually complete a k-12 education that will have them prepared for a variety of post-graduation opportunities.
The new year is always filled with much anticipation, newfound energy, and hope. I look forward to all the year has to offer and encourage everyone in our community to be a part of the success in our classrooms. Our school district is built on partnerships that strengthen our ties to the community and provide our students with the very best learning opportunities. I look forward to sharing the news of the Dearborn Public Schools in the months ahead.
Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Dearborn Public Schools