Superintendent Harwood will be hosting two Google Hangouts to share factual information about the upcoming Millage Renewals on the November 4 ballot. To join either event:
- Noon on Thursday, October 9
- 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 22
Please visit http://j.mp/gplearningblog.
The format will allow a video presentation, and an opportunity to viewers to ask questions for the Superintendent to answer on the spot. Participate from the comfort of your home or office. This is one more way the district is sharing factual information about the two millage renewals (not new taxes, tax rates would stay the same if they pass) which make up 25% of our annual budget.
To support the Superintendent Goals for the 2014-15 school year, which were approved by the Board of Education in August, I have laid out several key action steps. Among them are creating two committees which will be invaluable opportunities for enhanced two-way communication. These committees are:
- Strategic Planning
- Superintendent’s Chamber
Those who serve on the Strategic Planning committee will meet one evening a month. Meetings will start in November after the millage renewal election. As you know, those two millages make up 25% of our annual revenue budget. Whether we have that $25 million annually will drastically impact the scope of educational opportunities we can provide our children. Input from stakeholders on our Strategic Plan is critical to meeting the needs of every child, every day. Here is a link to the current District Goals in our Strategic Plan and our Student Learner Profile.
Those who serve on the Superintendent’s Chamber will also meet monthly, at 8 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month. The focus here is on enhancing two-way communication. These will be key communicators who can help deepen the conversations about our school district by providing feedback from their individual school community.
I need your input -- either as a volunteer yourself, or in nominating someone you feel would add to either of these committees. Please think carefully, consider the time commitment and the value these positions will offer our district as we move forward together, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-432-3007.
Dr. Tom Harwood