The West Bloomfield School District will be examining its school enrollment trends and how it utilizes its facilities during the Spring of 2012. Changes in funding and enrollment have continued to force the district to be as efficient as it possibly can in the utilization of its financial resources and facilities. As always, the continued excellence of educational programs offered by the district is its paramount concern. In an effort to protect the level of service that local residents have come to expect, the district has decided to take a careful look at how it uses its facilities with the goal of potential budgetary savings.
Accordingly, Western Demographics, Inc. has been hired to assist the district with a careful analysis of enrollment trends and facilities during the Spring. Western is a National firm with significant Michigan experience and uses a collaborative approach to engage the public in facility decision-making. Many school district stakeholders will have the opportunity to be involved in the future of their schools by attending community focus groups, open house meetings and other events Western is working in partnership with TMP and Wakely Architecture and will be conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of district schools as part of the work.
The district’s School Enrollment and Facilities Committee will guide Western’s work and keep the public aware of opportunities to participate. The Board of Education will review the work and potentially take action in late April and early May. The district hopes that its community will participate in this important process as we work to continue our long term commitment to educational excellence.
West Bloomfield School District
Receives $47,984 from Consumers Energy for Providing Energy Efficiency
In September of 2011, the West Bloomfield School District received a check for $36,004 from Consumers Energy Solutions through their 2011 Incentive Program for the installation of 7 high efficiency boilers in the district. Consumers Energy offered a comprehensive set of incentives under the Consumers Energy Business Solutions Program to facilitate the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency improvements for business customers. On January 30, 2012 the school district once again received an additional check for $47,984 from Consumers Energy Solutions for the installation of 221 Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats (WPT) in instructional classroom spaces district-wide, resulting in an improvement in energy efficiency.
OLMS students Olivia Bowyer and Lisa Makaj whose artwork has been selected to be sent to Lansing for the Michigan Art Education Association State Exhibits for judging in the Olivia’s piece is titled Sugar Baby Mola, and Lisa’s piece I Van Goghs’ Postmaster pieces are being sent to Lansing for judging!!!!!!!!!!!!
You all make us so proud!!
IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER OF SCHOOL
Parents requesting an In-District Transfer of School should do so by submitting their request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 29, 2012. Please include address and phone number, student’s name, school of attendance, school requested, and reason for the request. For more information you may call 248-865-6453.
Board Meeting February 20
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the West Bloomfield Board of Education will conduct a Special
Board Meeting on Monday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the media center at
West Bloomfield High School located at 4925 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan.
The purpose of the special meeting is for a report from the Superintendent's Search Committee
and possible motion to approve the recommendation of a search firm. That meeting will be
immediately followed by a CLOSED SESSION for the purpose of negotiations.
Board Meeting February 27
There will be a meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm, at Ealy Elementary School in Multi-Purpose Room. Agendas for board meetings will be available on our website on the Friday before the Monday board meeting after 5:00 pm.
MIFA – DAVID’S MOTHER
WBHS MIFA presented David’s Mother as part of its dinner theater on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Our talented award-winning MIFA students performed locally, at WBHS, this season. The full line-up of the evening began with a buffet dinner and silent auction, followed by the performance, and concluded with a dessert reception.
This was one of my favorite productions, as it was a very moving story. Student directed with original music composed and performed by students from WBHS the one act performance this year.
Under the leadership of Mark Johnson, each year these productions just get better and better. MIFA provides a unique opportunity for students to get involved behind as well as on the stage.
We celebrate the great work of Mark and all the MIFA students who entertain us each and every year. This year’s story was such a moving performance that there was not a dry eye in the house as the stage was cleared.
Mark Johnson reported on the regional festival which was held afterwards, and said “we were very proud of our show. We got good scores and were honored with many awards. This show, was one of the most well received shows we have done in years, and our performances were punctuated each and every time from a responsive crowd with the much coveted standing ovation.” Congratulations and thank you from the community and all that attended!
This week our MEAP results were released and there has been much discussion throughout communities around the state as a result of the new cut scores. I am proud of how our students performed. While the score itself may be lower than what we have seen in the past, we have seen growth in almost every area over last year.
That is the intent of this assessment. We continue to trend with the district that we have always identified with. In order for this to happen, instruction must be strong and curriculum must be rigorous. We are cognizant that we will always have work to do and that there is always room for improvement. We accept that challenge as we disaggregate our data and begin planning for next year.
Be reminded that just one year ago we were awarded the Advanced Placement Achievement Award as a result of the work that was done in a very rigorous K-12 curriculum.
This continues to be a good year, and I thank all of our staff and students for their hard work and the supportive parents and community for helping to make this possible.
HELP WBHS WIN!
The Spacesaver Company will award a storage system worth $30,000 to the participating school that acquires the most votes!
Please go to www.rockurstorage.com, click on the K-12 edition button, click on the Facebook Log-in button. Once you are logged in through Facebook, click on West Bloomfield High School, and you will see pictures and information about the storage problem at WBHS. Scroll down to the button that says "Vote for this school". Make sure West Bloomfield is listed above the voting box.
You can vote 10 times a day until May 1, 2012. Please vote often!!
Thank you for taking the time to help us with this!
Have a great weekend!