Monday, May 13, 2013
Projected enrollment numbers for next school year become an important part of the Grosse Pointe Public School board's discussion to determine staffing and funding, which must be in place by July 1.
Overall enrollment projections for the 2013/14 school year show the largest decline in students at the elementary level--an important factor to be discussed by the Grosse Pointe Public School Board Monday. The district staffs based on enrollment. Generally in May and June, the board determines whether any layoffs of teachers or other staff are necessary as it prepares to approve a budget. According to figures that will be presented to the board Monday, the middle school level is expected to gain about 40 students and the high school level is expected to gain about 8 students. Meanwhile, the elementary level shows a dip in enrollment of about 95 students. Ferry and Mason elementary schools are the only two showing an increase in …
A variance hearing related to the former Borders building in the Village is among the many items happening this week in the Grosse Pointes. St. John Providence Health System is seeking an area variance to convert the building into mostly office space.
Here are a few of the highlights of events scheduled this week in the Grosse Pointes: 1. The City of Grosse Pointe council will have a zoning variance hearing Monday beginning at 7 p.m. to consider a proposal by St. John Providence Health System to buy and utilize the former Borders building. The variance being sought is to turn most of the building into office space for various medical departments and to keep approximately 15 percent of the building retail facing Kercheval Avenue. 2. The Grosse Pointe Business Association of Mack Avenue will have a sidewalk sale from Thursday through Saturday this week. 3. The Grosse Pointe Farms city council will meet Monday beginning at 7 p.m. According to the agenda (an online version of the agenda …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education recently gifted more than $110,000 in educational grants to the Grosse Pointe Public School district.
Much of $110,334.82 donated to the Grosse Pointe Public Schools by the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education will be used to purchase technology for a variety of classrooms and programs throughout the district. The donations were announced recently before the Grosse Pointe Public School Board by the Foundation's Vice President Christie Scoggin. Each gift was given based on an application submitted by a teacher or administrator on behalf of a specific project. The following is the breakdown of gifts: The donations received unanimous approval from the school board.
The Grosse Pointe Public School Board unanimously appointed trustee Judy Gafa as its treasurer to fill the position recently vacated by Brendan Walsh.
The Grosse Pointe Public School Board voted unanimously this week to appoint Judy Gafa to serve as the board's treasurer for the remainder of the calendar year. The board needed to select a new treasurer after the unexpected immediate resignation of Brendan Walsh in late March. He had been the board's treasurer for several years. He left amidst the budget planning process for the 2013/14 fiscal year. In a special meeting this week, trustee Dan Roeske nominated Gafa to fill the position. His nomination quickly gained support and a unanimous vote from fellow board members. Trustee Tom Jakubiec said he believed Gafa was a good choice for the position before all the members voted. In addition, Board President Joan Dindoffer asked Gafa and …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
In an annual ceremony, 11 people were recognized by the Grosse Pointe Board of Education as distinguished volunteers. Their work has impacted the school district and/or the classrooms in significant ways, according to district officials.
Tuesday, April 30
Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board of Education recently recognized 11 people who volunteer and help in the classroom and beyond, naming them the 2013 Distinguished Volunteers. The individuals each earned a golden apple along with a certificate to recognize their efforts. They were announced during a school board meeting and each posed for a picture with district superintendent Tom Harwood. The following is the information shared about each volunteer: Kathleen Abke established the Mason Facebook page which is a wonderful, positive communication tool for our parent community. She has also served as a room parent, field trip chaperone, classroom volunteer, PTO School Boar Liaison, PTO Vice President, chair of the Spring Fest for two years…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Grosse Pointe Public School board voted unanimously Wednesday night to appoint Brian C. Summerfield to fill the vacancy created by the immediate resignation of Brendan Walsh.
Brian C. Summerfield will begin reviewing material from the Grosse Pointe Public School System today as the school board's newest member. Summerfield was one of 22 residents within the district to apply to fill the vacant seat created by the immediate resignation of Brendan Walsh in late March. Summerfield was one of 19 interviewed Tuesday night in a group session. The Grosse Pointe Public School Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to appoint Summerfield to fill the vacancy. Their decision came nearly two hours after a special meeting began with the specific purpose of making a decision. The board did not have a formal process in place and had to work through how to handle it Wednesday before discussion about the actual candidates …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Grosse Pointe Public School Board will make a decision Wednesday April 24, 2013, about which of the candidates will fill the vacancy created by the immediate resignation of Brendan Walsh last month.
Nineteen Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods residents interviewed Tuesday for the opportunity to fulfill a vacancy on the Grosse Pointe Public School board. The final decision about which of those candidates will be selected is scheduled to happen during a special meeting Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The interviews were conducted in a small groups and moderated by the League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe. The group format was decided upon as a result of the number of applications the board received, which was 22. Of those 22, one person formally withdrew, one person was unable to attend Tuesday night and another person did not show up for the interview. School Board President Joan Dindoffer said afterward the decision will be challenging …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Grosse Pointe Public School Board will interview the 22 candidates who applied to fill the vacant position Tuesday in three small groups beginning at 6 p.m.
Among the 22 Grosse Pointe residents who applied to fill the vacancy on the Grosse Pointe Public School Board are a variety of familiar names and some that are less familiar. The candidates are being divided into three smaller groups--two with seven people and one with eight people--for candidate forum style interviews beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. The interviews are happening at Grosse Pointe North High School and will be moderated by the League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe. The first group to be interviewed beginning at 6 p.m. includes: The second group begins at 7:35 p.m. and includes: The final group is slated to begin at 9:10 p.m. and includes: The school board will have a special meeting Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. during which…
The Grosse Pointe Public School board will meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Candidates for the vacancy on the board will be interviewed Tuesday and a selection will be made Wednesday.
Here are some highlights of events scheduled this week in Grosse Pointe: 1. The Grosse Pointe Public School Board will meet beginning at 7 p.m. Monday at Grosse Pointe North High School. According to the agenda, the board will: 2. The Grosse Pointe Public School Board will meet beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Grosse Pointe North High School to interview the 22 candidates being considered for the vacant position. The interviews will be conducted in public but will be run in a small group format with questions being asked by the school board members only. Three group interviews will be held, two groups of seven and one group of eight, with the League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe acting as the moderators. 3. The Grosse Pointe Public School…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Grosse Pointe Public School Board was briefed this week about two options to change Monteith Elementary School to address the traffic flow problem related to the drop-off/pick-up times.
After being briefed this week on two options to address traffic related issues for Monteith Elementary School at drop-off and pick-up times, the Grosse Pointe Public School Board will revisit the topic next week and possibly make a decision. School officials and an engineer presented information this week outlining two viable options to address traffic flow. The first is to put in a circular driveway and the second, and more-preferred, option is a cut-out similar to what many of the other elementaries have, including Mason and Kerby. At issue is the traffic flow on Cook Road during the peak volume times of drop-off and pick-up. Currently, there is no where for parents to park, so they stop on Cook Road to let their children out. The …