Dear Westwood Heights Community,
It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for the 2017/2018 school year. As your interim superintendent I have been working this summer with a dedicated group of employees to staff the classrooms, and prepare the school buildings for our students. Your board of education has retained the services of the Michigan Association of School Boards to conduct a formal search for a permanent superintendent. The board and the administrative staff would like to thank Mrs. Salli Stevens, the former superintendent for her years of service to the district. She is the embodiment of Hawk Pride and helped to turn the district around during its most difficult days. She leaves a growing district which is on sound financial footing and ready to take advantage of the many opportunities in front of us.
As we enter the new school year, I would like to highlight just a few of our strengths:
- The district technology is second to none, with the recent purchase of over 800 Chromebooks, 200 Ipads, and the upgrading of our servers and switches. Our teachers and student support personnel will have access to multiple training sessions to help utilize this technology.
- While other school districts may be eliminating programs, we are looking to expand our sports offerings, music program, and community outreach.
- The maintenance staff is doing an excellent job preparing the buildings for the new school year and we are looking at several major initiatives to improve upon our existing structures.
- The foodservice team, led by Cindy Shaheen does an excellent job insuring that the students are receiving nutritious food throughout the day. We offer fruit and vegetable snack programs throughout the day to supplement our breakfast, lunch, and supper programs.
The challenges we face going forward include:
- Continuing to find high quality teachers. There is a severe shortage of teachers in almost every subject area, and finding substitute teachers is a challenge. The Michigan Department of Education is working with the legislature to try to address this issue.
- Managing the growth of the district. While increasing enrollment is a blessing in this time period, it brings the challenge of blending students and families from diverse backgrounds.
- Bringing more community and parental involvement to our schools. We have many areas in which you can become involved. Please contact the building principals for more detail.
We have the opportunity as a district to be a beacon of hope on the north side of Flint. Please join me and the staff as we strive to make Westwood Heights the premier educational source in the area.