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Members of the Detroit Board of Education and Detroit Public Schools General Superintendent Connie K. Calloway, Ph.D. participated in a goals-setting retreat this past weekend.

Vice President Joyce Hayes-Giles, who in her capacity as Acting President organized the program, commented, “I was very pleased with how hard the Board and the Superintendent worked together through the wee hours of the night Friday and all day Saturday. We were able to mutually agree on five major goals that will move the district forward. More work will be done outside of the retreat as Dr. Calloway and her team work to flesh it all out. I am very excited with the future of Detroit Public Schools given the positive nature of the work we did together and how we will continue to work together for the children of DPS. I am also very grateful to the Skillman Foundation for their continued support by funding the retreat. The commitment we made to Skillman in terms of striving for the desired outcome was met. I also want to thank Skillman for their continued faith in us, and my appreciation goes out to the Board and the Superintendent for these accomplishments.”

In addition to Giles, President Carla Scott and Board Members Terry Catchings, Marvis Cofield, Otis Mathis, Ida Short, Marie Thornton and Rev. Dr. Jimmy Womack attended the Friday session. Dr. Calloway provided the Board with baseline data on all aspects of the school district. Board members attending Saturday were Catchings, Cofield, Giles, Mathis, Scott, Short and Thornton.

Facilitating the retreat were Arthur Griffin Jr., former president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Board of Education, and Dr. Alfred Hawkins, President of the African American Superintendents Association in Michigan. Members of the public and Dr. Calloway’s Cabinet also attended.

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