Detroit Public Schools Community District Begins!

July 1 marked the first official day of our new district, which has been freed from debt obligations, allowing us to receive our full per pupil allocation as well as some funding for transition costs. That is the good news!

For clarity, the new District’s legal name is Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), and from this point forward all official communications will reflect that name. In the upcoming weeks will be seeking input from the public regarding our new common/marketing name. The planning timeline for this process is being finalized and will be communicated by the end of the summer. Currently, we know that we want to receive feedback from all of our stakeholders, including our students who will return to school this fall. In the coming months, please put thought into this very important topic so that when the timeline and process is communicated, we are ready to contribute. If you have guideline questions or concerns, please reach out to the Office of Communications for guidance at communications@detroitk12.org.

We move forward in our planning for the students’ first day of school on September 6, 2016 and are excited to implement the recommendations that were shared at the Phase I Academic Advisory Council public meeting on Wednesday at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School. If you have not had the chance to see what was presented, please check out the presentation and the press release. Over 150 staff members contributed to research and dialogue around 15 committees, and provided recommendations about how to move the district forward. There were great ideas presented which once again proves that we have the capacity, competence, and vision to ensure that the new district will be a success. Please send an email to academic.excellence@detroitk12.org if you are interested in participating in Phase II, or if you would be willing to provide feedback on the plan as it is developed.

Enrollment retention and recruitment must be a major focus for all of us this summer. I encourage you to join our efforts, and increase the number of steps on your FitBit to knock on doors and share the great things that are happening in our district, but also how we are intentionally going to address the areas that need attention. Sign up to be an Ambassador today; we must be the change we want to see. Our district cannot improve unless we identify and address areas of growth, and many of the Academic Advisory Council committee presentations provided an honest look at the District and identifying concerns, but also provided constructive suggestions about what we as a District can do about those issues.  That type of thinking and problem solving approach is exactly what we need to do as we start our new District.

As we celebrate our new start, I want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to our District, and to wish you a very safe and enjoyable weekend.

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