It is hard for me to believe we are already beginning week 5 of the school year. I have much to share with you.
Phase one of our bond construction project is nearing completion. We have replaced or repaired many sidewalks and parking lots, added exterior lighting, added cameras, and improved the safety of our entrances to elementary buildings. We have replaced some doors, roofing, boilers, and the track. We have completed repair work on many of the classroom unit heaters. Last week we began the planning phase of the work we will tackle this winter through next fall. Information about future bond construction can be found on the dashboard at this link:
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we tackle safety improvements and long neglected general maintenance of our buildings.
One of our annual reporting requirements is that we inform parents of the district anti-bullying policy. That policy can be found on the home page of the website under “Bullying Stops Here” or by following this link:
On occasion, parents have contacted my office regarding a concern they have for their student(s). We have developed a Parent Guide for Communicating Concerns, also available in each building office. I am attaching the first page that outlines general guidelines regardless of the building.
Every two years we participate in the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY), an online student health survey offered by the Michigan Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The MiPHY provides student results on health risk behaviors including substance use, violence, physical activity, nutrition, sexual behavior, and emotional health in grades 7, 9, and 11. The survey also measures risk and protective factors most predictive of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and violence. MiPHY results, along with other school-reported data, helps schools make data-driven decisions to improve prevention and health promotion programming. I am attaching the 2016 Southgate Parent Guide to the MiPHY to this letter. It includes data that we believe parents may want to discuss with their children at home.
In November you will see a request on the ballot for a Wayne County Educational Enhancement Millage. This request was defeated in 2014. Passage of this millage would mean an additional $1.6 million a year for Southgate Schools for the next six years. Please visit the informational link on our homepage for additional information. http://www.southgateschools.com/?idpage=280. More informational will be available as we get closer to the election. I appreciate your taking time to review the information. I am happy to provide information to any parent, community, or neighborhood groups. I can be contacted at my email: Hainrihal@sgate.k12.mi.us.
This coming Tuesday, October 4th, at 7:00 pm we will present the 2015-16 audit report to the Board of Education. This report will include verification that the district has emerged from a six-year deficit. While we must remain diligent in our efforts to maintain a balanced budget, this is a great way to start the school year…debt free. I thank the employees and the community for your efforts to help place us in a much better financial situation.
Finally, thank you for your patience and cooperation when transporting your children to and from school. Your safe behavior is crucial to our success in maintaining a safe and caring environment for all our kids. The building principals reported one of the best starts to the school year in several years. We appreciate all you have done to help make that possible.
With Titan Pride,
Leslie Hainrihar Chretien