Unis Student Returns to School – First Responders and Teachers Honored

Unis student, who had a medical emergency while swimming in the pool at McCollough-Unis on October 2nd, returned to school today.  Principal Farhat and team welcomed the student and the first responders in a small celebration. Principal Farhat presented the first responders and teachers (Mr. Courtright and Ms. Bartley) with a letter of thanks and certificate.  The classmates who were present in the pool on that fateful day also attended. The room was full of joy and thanks.


Student holding district vision sign. 
Standing with parents and first responders who saved his life.

BRICS Bond

Bond Overview

Dearborn Public Schools is asking voters to consider a bond proposal on the  November 5th, 2019 ballot. 

With existing bonds expiring, the District can generate approximately $240 million from the sale of new bonds without a change in the current millage rate of 4.82.  This bond would not increase the current tax rates for residents.

The District is calling the proposal BRICS because the funded projects focus on Buildings, Renovations, Infrastructure, Capacity and Safety.

The BRICS Bond proposal is the direct result of the Infrastructure Task Force, which spent just over three months developing a plan and then making a recommendation to the Board of Education that included a zero millage increase while still generating $240 million to address a variety of critically needed items and updates in our schools. 

See the BRICS Bond Virtual Forum video to learn more.

Background

Shortly after the Infrastructure Task Force, comprised of staff and community members, presented its recommendations to the Board of Education in October 2018, the District began moving forward with a detailed review of the infrastructure needs at each of the district’s 34 buildings, which equates to more than 3 million square feet of space.

Working with staff from the Operations Department, representatives from Plante Moran CRESA (PMC) visited each school to meet with the principal and engineer. Together they toured the school and developed a comprehensive list of infrastructure needs.

At the foundation of all this work is the original recommendations from the Citizens Task Force which includes:

  • First priority- infrastructure
  • Second priority- meeting current and future capacity needs
  • Third priority- school safety and security
  • Fourth priority-  continue increasing the number of air conditioned facilities or other priorities identified by the Board of Education on a funds available basis.

Academies of Dearborn at Fordson News

As we continue to implement the Academies model to promote education with a purpose, we are assisting students in focusing dual enrollment opportunities.  Here’s a neat article about a 2019 Fordson graduate who earned an IT certificate as a dual enrollment student in high school. It’s very cool that her and her brother are working together for secure 24 now.   Here is a Henry Ford College article highlighting this story.

https://www.hfcc.edu/news/2019/siblings-hfcs-cisco-program-work-together-secure-24

Fordson Feeder Reads at Henry Ford Elementary School

This week’s  Fordson Feeder Reads event was a success!  Staff facilitated 6 stations and the Dearborn Public Library provided a 7th station:  

  • Station 1:  Sign in and enter a raffle
  • Station 2: Make a book
  • Station 3:  Read aloud  
  • Station 4:  STEM activity
  • Station 5: Art activity
  • Station 6:  Take a book
  • Station 7:  The Dearborn Public Library staff was present to share materials, allow parents and  students to apply for library cards and make buttons for the children.

There were many children and parents in attendance. Principal Srour was also present and it is evident she is already building relationships with students, parents and staff.   A special “thank you” to all of the staff members who volunteered during their summer vacation to make this event a success!

Next stop:  July 31st at Becker Elementary School. 

Teacher reading a book to a group of students sitting on the ground.
Teachers sitting at a table with blank books.  Parent and two children standing by the table.

Fordson Feeder Reads at Lowrey

Staff provided another morning of reading and literacy activities within the Fordson Feeder. Hosted at Lowrey Elementary, this is the 4th of 7 events planned by Fordson Feeder elementary schools. Next stop: July 24th from 9:30am-11:30am at Henry Ford Elementary School. Students can hear a story, participate in hands-on literacy activities and take a book. The Dearborn Public Library staff are also on site making buttons and signing up people for library cards.

Fordson Feeder Reads Sign
Students making buttons and signing up for library cards.
Students listening to a story.
Students and parents selecting a book.
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