Quality Education Remains Key Focus Through District Realignment

Quality Education Remains Key Focus Through District Realignment

I’ve seen Flint Community Schools and the greater community undergo change and transition for years. Despite change and uncertainty, one constant has remained at FCS: educating the whole child.

As a retired FCS educator, I know and understand the challenges our administrators, teachers and staff face. They must do less with more and increase student achievement. They have always stepped up to the challenge and delivered.

I’ve walked the halls of these schools. I know the administrators, teachers and staff who occupy and run our buildings are resilient, creative and determined. They report to work every day ready to serve our children, to make their futures bright and to help them prepare for a career and college.

With the proposed realignment now passed by the board of education, I don’t see any of those fundamental values changing.

The proposal includes transitioning students from Carpenter Road, Cummings and Scott elementary schools to three newly-realigned schools: Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School, Potter Elementary School and Brownell-Holmes Academies. Those schools will be expanded to K-8 over the next two years, transforming into K-7 in 2015-16 and K-8 in 2016-17.

The proposed changes may be difficult for the families, staff and school at first, but I believe and stand behind FCS. Nevertheless, the administration is doing its part by letting our community know about the changes. Administrators held meetings, posted information and updates on the district’s website and social media and sent out letters.

I believe the realignment is the right choice for our students because it helps eliminate the $21 million deficit and protects the critical educational and afterschool programs that are gems at Flint Community Schools like the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program (STEM,) the International Baccalaureate program, community education YouthQuest and TeenQuest. Keeping those programs in place ensures that our children will continue to have access to opportunities not found in neighboring districts.

As stated in the district’s educational plan, students are the number one priority at FCS. Their academic success, social and emotional growths are all important. As educators, either retired or active, we are responsible for the education of each and every child in our care.

The proposed realignment is the best way to preserve critical education programs so all students can learn and achieve.

Schedules will change, parents will see new faces in their child’s classroom, but families should rest assured that when they enroll at FCS, their child will be learning from staff and teachers who care about Flint students more than anyone else in the country.