NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING: Contract Non-Renewal Meetings

3011 West Grand Boulevard, 12th Floor
Detroit, Michigan 48202-2711
(313) 873-7860

Contract Non-Renewal Meetings

Pursuant to MCL 15.268 (a) Request for Closed Session to consider the non-renewal of administrative contracts for persons who have requested a closed session.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fisher Building
3011 W. Grand Blvd., 12th Floor Conference Room
Detroit, Michigan 48202

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 Kenneth Tokarz, Deputy Superintendent of Operations 313.873.6247

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


DPSCD’s Breithaupt Career and Technical Center to Showcase Programs

CTE schools demonstrate career-readiness through cooking, designing, building and more

Community members are invited to see how Detroit Public Schools Community District prepares students for a wide-range of technical careers at its CTE Fair from 5-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Breithaupt Career and Technical Center.

At the fair, DPSCD students will showcase 16 Career and Technical Education program offerings including automotive services, culinary arts, firefighting, graphic design and radio and television production. Students enrolled in CTE programs receive training and instruction using the latest industry technology like 3D printers, drones and more. The district offers four Career and Technical Centers to prepare students for college and career pathways.

“This is an opportunity for our community to see first-hand how our Career and Technical Centers provide training and certifications in a number of fields that prepare our students for life,” said DPSCD Board of Education member Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill. “We have a student who received his pilot’s license before the age of 16. We also have student chefs heading to Washington, D.C. for a national cooking competition. These CTE programs prepared them for these experiences.”

The program will include a self-guided tour of the atrium allowing the community and Board of Education Academic Sub-Committee to peruse the amazing opportunities students have to get college and career ready.

The following CTE programs will be represented:

  • Automotive services
  • Auto body/collision repair
  • Culinary arts
  • Cosmetology
  • Computer systems networking
  • Computer Aid Drafting (CAD)
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Masonry
  • Carpentry
  • Radio/television production
  • Firefighter/EMT
  • Certified nursing assistance
  • Business administration, finance
  • Mechanical drafting
  • Graphics and printing



Celebrating eight decades of student artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts

“Coney With Everything,” mixed media; Mohammed Saifur Rahman, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

Hundreds of imaginative works created by DPSCD students will be on display in the 80th annual “Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition,” presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition, on view April 29 through May 28, is free and will be held in the Special Exhibition Galleries South on the second floor near Farnsworth St. An opening reception for students and their families will take place Saturday, April 29, beginning at 4 p.m. in the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre auditorium.

Special Media Preview
April 26 at 10 A.M. contact press secretary Chrystal Wilson at for more information.

The partnership between the DIA and the Detroit public schools is the longest standing continuous relationship the museum has with an educational organization. Many of the students whose works have been featured in the exhibition have gone on to pursue successful careers in the arts, including, among others, Tracy Reese, a New York-based fashion designer who has dressed the likes of former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Mario Moore, a New York-based contemporary painter whose works have been shown in exhibitions across the country.

“We are honored to continue to feature the talent and creativity of DPSCD students in our galleries,” said DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons. “Together, the DIA and DPSCD have presented eight decades of student art to the community through this beautiful partnership. The exhibitions have impacted and inspired an immeasurable amount of people, from the students themselves, their families and the visitors who come to see the artwork.”

Students from 18 schools in grades K–12 submitted ceramics, collages, drawings, videos, textiles, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture and other works to a jury of local artists, retired DPSCD educators and DIA staff, which selected the nearly 400 pieces included in the show. This year, eight videos were submitted and accepted, which is more than ever before.

Every year entries are featured on exhibition promotional materials. This year’s selections are:


“Coney With Everything,” mixed media; Mohammed Saifur Rahman, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

Checklist Cover

“Brown Eyed Girl,” drawing; Kyra Williams-Davis, Grade 11, Renaissance High School

“In the Moment,” drawing; Dujuan Goulbourne, Grade 12, Renaissance High School


“Aptikal,” jewelry; Tai’Janae Harris, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

“Blue Squid,” painting; Kara Collier, Grade 8, Carver STEM Academy

“Floetry,” jewelry; Le’La Barnes, Grade 11, Cass Technical High School


“Sending Love,” photography; Seth Crosby, Grade 12, Renaissance High School

“Synthetic Confidence,” photography; Lauren Crymes, Grade 12, Renaissance High School

“Women in the Water,” photography; Seth Crosby, Grade 12, Renaissance High School


“A Busy Crowd at the Show,” painting; Joy Brown-Paymon, Grade 3, Carver STEM Academy

Program Cover

“A Couple,” painting; Sydney Smith, Grade 8, Bates Academy

DIA Website

“Redwood Boots,” painting; Jordyn Willis, Grade 11, Renaissance High School

Directional Signage

“Flying High with the Friendly Skies,” drawing; Tyleigh Wilkins, Grade 3, Carver STEM Academy

“Girl Robot,” drawing; Briana Davis, Grade 4, Carver STEM Academy

“Lesson of the Spider,” painting; JoAnne Hollis, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School
“Max’s Grill,” painting; Dezjaney Smith, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

“Rooster,” drawing; Magdalene Sanchez Pryzgodski, Grade 3, Academy of the Americas

The 80th “Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition” was organized by the DIA and DPSCD and is made possible with support from the Ruth T. T. Cattell Education Endowment Fund.  Additional support was provided by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

Credit line for attached image: “Coney With Everything,” mixed media; Mohammed Saifur Rahman, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

Museum Hours and Admission
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

DSA students presents A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. Students at Detroit School of Arts Theater Department will present the play in the DSA Aaliyah Hall, Thursday, 27 and Friday 28, 2017. Tickets are $10, please contact the school at (313) 494-6000.

Bookstock writing contest winners to be announced next week

The Office of Literacy is engaged in the Bookstock program our students are immensely benefiting. Check out the Bookstock interview on American Black Journal featuring our student, Laila, from Davison Elementary-Middle School.  The episode is entitled, Intersection/Bookstock.  Also, the winners will be announced live on Tuesday, April 25th on WDIV Channel 4 between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The live event takes place at Laurel Park Place Mall.

Future Cody MCH medical professionals study abroad in Costa Rica

For the DSPCD 2017 Spring Break, April 18 – 25, students at Medicine and Community Health (MCH) at Cody are embarking on a

seven day study abroad trip in Lake Arenal, Costa Rica where Detroit youth are learning, experiencing and exploring how communities address health and medicine in various cultural environments. Students will then return to Detroit and provide conclusions on how our Detroit neighborhoods can improve the quality of life.

MCH are recipients of the 2017 JP Morgan Chase & Co tablet giveaway based on our project.  The tablets are one of the tools students are using to document their experiences while at the same time build their college and career readiness skills.

The “Detroiters Without Borders” Program is being initiated through the partnership of Detroit Public Community School District, Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan and Second Attention Strategies. The goal of the training program is to integrate the Spanish and Medicine Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses to foster a comprehensive, international hands-on learning experience that constructs student resumes and personal growth.  With the strong and committed leadership of Principal Michelle Parker, as well as two teachers, the International program is a shining example of the dedication that faculty and staff of DPSCD has for its students learning experiences.

Ten Detroit Public School Community District students, and two faculty from Cody MCH, will engaged and participated in the entire international travel process; from passports to customs to sharing days in a culture that is completely different from their homes.  Additionally, classes will prepare students to perform projects and studies in Costa Rica in order to come back to Detroit to present their findings to the MCH community.

The “Detroiters Without Borders” was developed as an innovative approach to the outdated and often failing standard educational format. Teachers and students will be given the unique opportunity to become leaders in the career and college readiness high school approach, while establishing personal growth in urban youth that promote confidence, culture and compassion.

Faculty and students are:

1. Areal Canada
2. Micheal Brown
3. Isiah Cunningham
4. Taija Johnson
5. Tamika Waddy
6. Ashley Strange
7. Idria Robinson
8. David Moore
9. Yacine Sene
10.  Asia walls
11.  Andrea Ewasek – Science Teacher
12.  Grahm Hannah – Spanish Teacher

–Contributed by MCH at Cody’s Principal Michelle Parker

DPSCD is celebrating Earth Day at Drew Farm: Sat. April 22

DPSCD is celebrating Earth Day by promoting learning opportunities for families and students on Saturday, April 22 at Drew Transition Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family Earth Day at Drew Farm hosted by the DPSCD Office of School Nutrition, managed by national award winning Betti Wiggins, will teach families and students how to make fresh, healthy meals by preparing salads and smoothies featuring Drew Farm’s homegrown produce. Family Earth Day at Drew will kick off “Earth Week” featuring themed learning opportunities at schools across the district including home water and energy audits, campus cleanups, recycling field trips and cooking demonstrations.

Renaissance students play at the prestigious Carnegie Hall

Mr. Ronald Malabed is the band director at Renaissance High School. He submitted an audition tape to participate in Carnegie Hall’s National Band and Orchestra Festival that took place on Saturday, April 15. He and the 50 member symphonic band participated in the prestigious event and he said the band performed very well. Malabed said the students were ecstatic and excited. They had been practicing since Nov. 2016.

Only the best have been asked to perform on the stage through audition and it is such an honor. He thanks the UAW Ford for funding a large part of the trip. Students also attended the Broadway show, Phantom of the Opera, visited the 911 Memorial, Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty.

Special Announcement

Dear DPSCD Community,

You may have read recent news reports that indicated Detroit Public Schools Community District planned to close schools. Currently, the district is only relocating two programs, Durfee and Turning Point Academy, to other buildings for the 2017-18 school year.

DPSCD Communications Department


A Message from DPSCD Board of Education President Iris Taylor: Superintendent Search Update

“At the Special Board Meeting on April 18, 2017, the DPSCD Board of Education unanimously voted to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Nikolai Vitti, current superintendent of Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, for the position of superintendent of DPSCD.  The Board also voted unanimously to develop a transition team that would include Dr. Nikolai Vitti and Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather. This transition team is critical to the continued forward momentum of the district as there are numerous decisions that must be made around several areas including: the EAA transition, MDE partnership, school improvement plans and fiscal responsibility. These are key structural decisions that will create sustainability for the future success of DPSCD.  On behalf of the Board, I want to thank the DPSCD family for your continued support and demonstrated commitment to partnering with us to create excellence in education for all students.”

Dr. Iris Taylor
DPSCD Board of Education