Dr. Nikolai Vitti confirmed as new DPSCD Superintendent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Starts first 100 days with listening sessions and stakeholder meetings

DETROIT – May 22, 2017 – Today, the Financial Review Commission approved a five-year contract with Dr. Nikolai Vitti as Detroit Public Schools Community District’s new superintendent. Dr. Vitti will take the helm of Michigan’s largest school district on Tuesday, May 23, assuming responsibility for more than 6,000 employees, 48,000 students and an annual fiscal budget of $660 million.

“We are thrilled to work with Dr. Vitti on our journey to excellence,” said Dr. Iris Taylor, president of DPSCD’s Board of Education. “We are confident that his passion for students and families, his qualifications, and his previous experience make him uniquely positioned to be a change agent for this district.”

Dr. Vitti is looking forward to his first day in the district and plans to hit the ground running with a full lineup of school visits, listening sessions, and informal meet and greets with teachers, parents, staff and the community. “I want to engage and listen to everyone who must share in the collective ownership of creating stronger outcomes for all of our students,” said Dr. Vitti.

“I am profoundly grateful for this opportunity to return to my roots and work with the newly elected school board to move the district forward and eventually set it above all large urban school districts in the country,” said Dr. Vitti. “I have no doubt that we can create high-demand, traditional public schools in every neighborhood as we work together to ensure a child-centric learning environment for all our students.”

Dr. Vitti previously led Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), the 20th largest school district in the nation with approximately 130,000 enrolled students in 200 schools, and a fiscal budget of $1.7 billion. During his four and a half years at DCPS, the district ranked among the first to fourth highest performing urban districts in the nation on the National Assessment for Education Progress. In addition, the district’s graduation rates increased from 67 percent in 2012 to 78.8 percent in 2016, surpassing all Florida urban districts in African-American graduation rates.

Under Dr. Vitti’s tenure, DCPS has been recognized for its expansion of the arts, foreign languages, innovative school programming, and mental health and progressive discipline strategies. Dr. Vitti also successfully secured more than $40 million in local philanthropy to transform the district’s historically lowest performing schools with a focus on human capital and technology infusion.

Alycia Meriweather, who served as interim superintendent for more than a year and steered the district during its transition from DPS to DPSCD, will serve as a senior advisor and direct report to Dr. Vitti through June 30. “I have great respect for the work Mrs. Meriweather has done in laying a foundation for the district’s future, and I look forward to working directly with her to build on her success.” said Dr. Vitti.

Dr. Vitti was previously chief academic officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, assistant superintendent for the Miami-Dade district and deputy chancellor at the Florida Department of Education. He also served children as a principal, dean of students, and teacher. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from Wake Forest University. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

 

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Neinas Elementary School will be closed today, Friday, May 19, 2017 due to no power.

Special Board Meeting Notice: EAA Transition Ad-hoc Committee

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
3011 West Grand Boulevard, 12th Floor Detroit, Michigan 48202-2711
(313) 873-7860
NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT
Education Achievement Authority (EAA)
Transition Ad-hoc Committee Meeting
(Open)
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
4:30 P.M.
Fisher Building
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
12th Floor Conference Room
Detroit, MI 48202
313.873.4104
Official minutes of the Special Board Meeting are stored and available for inspection in the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Education,

3011 W, Grand Blvd., 12th Floor, Detroit, MI 48202-2711, 313.873.7860

If auxiliary aids or services are required at the meeting for individuals with disabilities, prior to the meeting, please contact Mr. Kenneth Tokarz, Deputy Superintendent of Operations 313.873.6247

If language assistance is required, please contact Norma Hernandez at 313.873.7659
DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT

Board Curriculum/Academics Sub-committee Meeting Notice

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
3011 West Grand Boulevard, 12th Floor Detroit, Michigan 48202-2711
(313) 873-7860
NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT
CURRICULUM/ACADEMICS
SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING
(Open)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
5:30 P.M.

King High School
3200 E. Lafayette
Detroit, Michigan 48207
(313) 494.7373

Official minutes of the Special Board Meeting are stored and available for inspection in the Office
of the Secretary of the Board of Education, 3011 W, Grand Blvd., 12th Floor, Detroit, MI
48202-2711, 313.873.7860

If auxiliary aids or services are required at the meeting for individuals with disabilities, prior to the meeting, please contact Mr. Kenneth Tokarz, Deputy Superintendent of Operations 313.873.6247

If language assistance is required, please contact Norma Hernandez at 313.873.7659
DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT

Special Board Meeting Tonight at Douglass Academy

The special board meeting will be held in the auditorium of Douglass Academy for Men, 2001 W. Warren, Detroit at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

Save the Date: Teacher Recruitment Fair May 23

The Human Resources departments is hosting DPSCD Day, a teacher recruitment fair, on Tuesday, May 23 from 4 – 8 p.m. at King High School. DPSCD is currently recruiting highly-qualified, dedicated and motivated educators to fill over 100 positions from music education to world languages to early childhood. On-the-spot conditional offers may be provided to qualified candidates. Please share this information with family and friends who are interested in a career at DPSCD!

Candidates interested in employment with DPSCD are encouraged to visit our career center and complete an online application for the event >>> Job Seekers >>>Job Postings >>> Job ID: 291590

This event is for new applicants only.

For more information, check out this flyer or call Human Resources at 313.873.6897.

Roberto Clemente is closed today, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 due to partial power.

Applications are now open for Camp Burt Shurly

Camp Burt Shurly offers an exciting residential summer camp experience to Detroit Public School Community District Title One students ages 8 to 12. Not only will your child learn lessons in reading, math and science; they will learn how to live in a community setting, meet new friends, learn new skills, spend their days immersed in nature and experience life away from home in a safe environment. The summer camp experience builds self-esteem, teaches communication skills, and creates leadership opportunities.  Students will swim, canoe, learn archery, and much more! Lives are enhanced at camp. Careers are born at camp. Lifelong friendships are kindled at camp. Register today to save your child’s spot!

Kalonda Colson McDonald
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Instructional Specialist
Office of Science Education

visit campburtshurly.org.

CAMPER APPLICATIONS

 

 

DPSCD and MDE Enters into Partnership Agreement to Improve Schools and Avoid Closures

DETROIT (April 27, 2017) – Detroit Public Schools Community District entered into a partnership agreement with the Michigan Department of Education and Wayne RESA to improve schools on the state’s priority list, including 16 DPSCD, as well as 8 EAA schools that are returning to DPSCD, and allow them to remain open.

Earlier this year, the State School Reform Office identified low-performing schools across the state and recommended them for closure, including 24 DPSCD and EAA schools in the City of Detroit.

Since then, DPSCD collaborated with elected leaders and community stake-holders to develop a plan to avoid closures, which would have a devastating effect on Detroit families and neighborhoods.

This partnership agreement does just that. It requires DPSCD work closely with MDE, Wayne RESA and community partners to develop comprehensive im-provement plans for each identified school and implement action plans within 18 months.

Under the terms of the agreement, those schools will not face the threat of closure for at least a period of three years as they make improvements.

DPSCD Board of Education President Iris Taylor says this agreement will provide parents, students and all Detroiters with assurances that their schools will remain open and provide DPSCD leadership the support it needs improve Detroit’s struggling schools instead of shutting them down.

“Since the board took office in January, we have worked tirelessly to develop extensive plans to improve our schools. Our sole focus is to put students first and to create an educational system that provides an excellent foundation for future success,” said DPSCD Board of Education President Iris Taylor. “Signing this agreement is a significant step in the right direction.”

The Partnership Agreement has a three-year term agreement to expire June 30, 2020 with the possibility of extension.

DPSCD leadership is currently developing a partnership model for the identified schools that includes working with local universities, unions, businesses and community leaders. It opens the door to collaborate with the State of Michigan and Wayne RESA through a new and innovative approach by providing additional resources and engaging state departments to offer support to Partnership School students and families.

As part of the agreement, the district agrees to meet specific goals and deadlines for specific deliverables. These include:

* June 30, 2017

Developing a profile for each Partnership School that incudes performance data.

* July 31, 2017

DPSCD will establish district-wide expectations for all of its schools and initial goals and strategies for each Partnership School, including an individual implementation plan.

* January 31, 2018

DPSCD will engage in deep review and discussion with staff, students, families and other partners at each Partnership School to gain understanding of root causes of student performance and opportunities for improvement. Develop and refine the strategies and goals for each Partnership School.

* November 1, 2018

DPSCD will report on the progress of each Partnership School in achieving its growth and proficiency goals and will determine methods and data for evaluating effectiveness of strategies and measuring student growth.

In the event that DPSCD does not reach its agreed upon goals, DPSCD, in partnership with MDE and Wayne RESA, will have an opportunity to reevaluate the improvement plans, identify additional partners and enhanced support to help DPSCD reach its goals.

DPSCD has the ability to incorporate additional schools into the partnership agreement if the district believes the schools could benefit from enhanced collaboration and support.

“We knew it was critically important to take this action. We are putting students first and creating pathways of success. We have an exceptional improvement plan and now we will be able to implement that plan for our students without any distracting interruptions,” said Taylor.

Special Board Meeting April 27 at 5:30 PM

DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION
3011 West Grand Boulevard, 12th Floor
Detroit, Michigan 48202-2711
(313) 873-7860

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

(OPEN)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

5:30 P.M.

Fisher Building

3011 W. Grand Blvd.

12th Floor Large Conference Room

Detroit, MI 48202

313.873.4104

Official minutes of the Special Board Meeting are stored and available for inspection in the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Education, 3011 W, Grand Blvd., 12th Floor, Detroit, MI 48202-2711, 313.873.7860

If auxiliary aids or services are required at the meeting for individuals with disabilities, prior to the meeting, please contact Mr. Kenneth Tokarz, Deputy Superintendent of Operations 313.873.6247

If language assistance is required, please contact Norma Hernandez at 313.873.7659