Board of Education Meeting Overview
An overview of actions taken by the
Utica Community Schools
Board of Education
January 25, 2016
Board of Education members recognized two groups of students for achievements: award winners from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration of Macomb County and students earning honors at the Michigan Thespian Festival. The district also thanked Board members for their dedication as part of the statewide Board of Education Recognition Month.
Dr. Christine Johns updated the Board of Education on local responses to legislation that restricted the sharing of factual communication on ballot proprosals. A delegation of community leaders are advocating for complete repeal of the changes by state lawmakers. Dr. Johns also invited the community to the ninth annual Academic Blitz on Thursday, February 4 at 7 p.m. at Henry Ford II High School. She also updated the Board on recent good news, including the UAIS debate team, Stevenson High School teacher Mike Sekich being named among top band directors in the nation, and a UCS senior named Champion of Change for Computer Science Education.
Mr. Robert Monroe reported the results of the first Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) assessment, administered in spring 2015 to students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11. He briefly summarized changes to education through the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The district will continue to monitor this topic.
The Board recieved a report from Plante Moran CRESA on pupil enrollment projections for select individual schools, including the impact of national, state and local trends. The report is available on the district Web site at: http://www.uticak12.org/video/projections2016.asp.
February 8, 2016 meeting change
The Board approved a change in location of the February 8, 2016 Board of Education meeting to Beacon Tree Elementary.