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April 12, 2017

There was a question asking if LCPS would be creating a Ninth Grade Center.

District and building administrators have had many conversations over the years regarding building utilization. Several options have been discussed including the idea of creating a Ninth Grade Center, however it is not being pursued at this time.

February 10, 2017

There was a question asking if L’Anse Creuse will be rezoning the district.

The district population committee will be meeting soon to conduct a routine analysis. The process involves reviewing enrollment numbers and building utilization to decide was is best for the future. At this time there are no decisions to rezone/redistrict.



December 1, 2016


We have received an email questioning a possible conflict of interest regarding a faculty member receiving pay for a "7th hour" class.


The district has policy and procedures in place to ensure those with a potential conflict of interest are not involved in the decision process for the particular individual or group in question.  Those procedures were followed regarding the “7th hour” class.


Please see our Board Policy on conflict of interest.


Click to view the School Board Policy on Conflict of Interest

October 3, 2016


We have received some inquiries regarding a teacher in the district receiving additional pay for a “7th hour” class.

The district has approved L’Anse Creuse High School to offer a "7th hour" class to students for the 2016-2017 school year in an effort to address parent and student concerns with the change in the high school schedule. This one time option for the 2016-2017 year was made available to students planning to take the class for credit before the new six period day was implemented. The teacher involved will be compensated at the teacher’s rate per period.


August 1, 2016


There was a question regarding the details of a subpoena mentioned at the Board of Education meeting on July 18th.

On August 12, 2015, one of our elementary principals received a subpoena to appear in court related to a report the school made to protective services.  In the 2014/15 school year a new student enrolled in the school and within a few days of the student attending, the school determined it was necessary to contact protective services. When the subpoena was received by the principal, we of course supported the principal through this process with central office and legal support.  The principal was ultimately not required to appear in court.


There was a question regarding the number of L’Anse Creuse teachers that have received layoff notices this summer.

In total, 19 teachers have received layoff notices this summer, 17 at the June 6th Board meeting and an additional two at the July 18th Board meeting. The layoffs can be attributed to lower enrollment numbers, more efficient scheduling and the change from seven to six class periods in a day at the high schools.



June 17, 2016

We have heard concerns about the district having too many individuals in administrative positions.

L’Anse Creuse has been facing budget challenges for a number of years. As would be expected to protect programs and services that impact students, the district has made reductions in central office and administration across the district over the past five years. Overall, from 2011 to present there has been nearly $1,200,000 in salary savings through a combination of eliminating positions, reorganizing departments and salary reductions. Please note that an FTE is a full time equivalent.

CLICK HERE to view chart.

In addition, there is a financial document released by the Michigan Department of Education, Bulletin 1014, which contains various pieces of financial information about Michigan Public Schools including revenues and expenditures per pupil. The most recent document published, from the 2014-2015 school year, shows that out of 841 school districts and charter schools, L’Anse Creuse ranks 207 in total instruction cost and 670 in business and administration cost.

CLICK HERE to see more detailed information specifically on L’Anse Creuse and Macomb County.

CLICK HERE to see the full 56 page document on the State's website.

We have heard concerns about some L’Anse Creuse staff members receiving raises in the 2015-2016 year.

For the 2015-2016 school year, all employees in the district (exceptions noted below) received a salary reduction, 3.8% for those making above $60,000 and 2% for those making below $60,000. Each staff member’s reduction will be paid at time of severance. Those employees on a step schedule received their step and then took the coinciding reduction.

There are a few exceptions:

• This does not apply to the MEA-NEA Local 1 members who were in the last year of their contract where concessions were previously taken.

 • Several non-affiliated employees chose a one year contract instead of the rate concession. This contract included a reduction in the individual’s annual longevity payment.


We received several questions regarding staff raises. For simplicity we are separating the questions.

Why is there a raise in the budget for the person in charge of technology?

Public schools have pay schedules that have annual step increases until the position is at the maximum level. This step process allows the district to hire an employee at a lower rate and increase their salary as they gain experience. Non-affiliates have 5 steps. Other units within the district have 5 to 11 steps. The technology position in question will receive a 2% step increase this year. 

Are there more raises in the budget?

Due to financial constraints, the budgets for salaries and benefits are reduced for the 2016-2017 budget. Contracts with all bargaining units expire this summer and their salaries and benefits are subject to negotiations.

Are pay rates and increases voted on by the board?

The board must approve all pay rates or increases. When a new employee is hired, the recommendation for hiring is taken to the Board for approval. The Board also approves an employee’s pay when they approve contracts for the bargaining units, where the salary step schedule is included. For those employees not in a bargaining unit, their individual contracts are approved by the Board.

By approving the budget are contractual changes (raises, concessions, etc.) automatically approved or is there a separate action for a contractual change.

A change to employee’s pay would require a separate action by the Board as part of the bargaining unit contract or individual contract.


There was a question about the Chinese exchange program, asking how the district is paid and how the funds are used.

In addition to the per pupil foundation allowance from the state for educational purposes, the district receives a private tuition for each student in the Chinese exchange program. Those funds are used to provide services to the students and support the partnership. The money remaining is used to fund the elementary Chinese Immersion program, allowing the program to run at two of our elementary schools with no cost to the general fund. Finally, any profit beyond the immersion program is deposited into the general fund to support the day to day operations of the district impacting all L’Anse Creuse students.


There was a question regarding the resolution of a recent investigation into the conduct of a Board member.

This matter will be discussed at the regular Board of Education meeting on June 20th. 


There was a question about the upcoming Special Board Meeting on June 18th regarding the superintendent search.

Our current superintendent, Dr. Jackie Johnston, will be retiring at the expiration of her contract on December 31, 2016. The Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting on June 18th to discuss the process for selecting the next superintendent. This process can be quite lengthy which is why the Board is getting started now. CLICK HERE to see the agenda for the meeting.


May 27, 2016

There were several questions regarding the possible change in the high school day from seven to six periods.

The district has reached a tentative agreement with the L'Anse Creuse Teachers Association to implement a six period school day at our comprehensive high schools, effective for the 2016/17 school year.  This change extends the length of all class periods allowing for exposure to more material and deeper coverage of the material as well as greater teacher contact time per class.  This change also creates significant savings through greater efficiency in scheduling. A six period day is consistent with most districts across the state. 


To maintain relatively similar course offerings, student requests will drive scheduling of courses. Courses with lower student requests will be offered on a rotating basis. Class sizes will be consistent with upper elementary and middle school class sizes.


L'Anse Creuse Public Schools is committed to providing a high quality education for all of our students and this change allows us to continue this important tradition. For more information contact district administration at 586-783-6300 or your school administration. 


May 11, 2016

 

There was a question whether some L’Anse Creuse teachers received pink slips in late April.

Schools receive a staffing allocation based on the number of students projected to attend in the following year. Buildings then develop schedules and determine if they need to fill a hole in a schedule with an additional teacher or if they have teachers that are unassigned after completion of the schedule. Staff members that were unassigned in their building did receive notice. The unassigned status is different than a lay off (pink slip). An unassigned staff member does not have a position at their current school at this time, however there may be positions available in other schools based on certification. While this is an unfortunate but common process school districts work through in the spring, we are very early in the process with numerous staffing changes still likely as teachers retire over the next few months and as enrollment is updated.


There was a question about a bus accident that occurred last week.

A vehicle struck the back of one of our school buses on 21 mile near North Avenue, trapping the vehicle under the bus. School staff and safety personnel acted quickly to transfer the students to a new bus. Students were taken to their school where parents were contacted. The bus driver and the students are all okay. Information on the driver of the other vehicle is not available.


March 31, 2016

There was a question about townships charging a fee for the collection of taxes.

Like many school districts, L’Anse Creuse contracts with their local townships to collect property taxes. This is an efficient option, as most cities and townships collect local taxes (such as police, fire…) and therefore, are already performing the necessary steps in tax collection such as printing and mailing tax bills, depositing checks and allocating funds to appropriate recipients. We negotiate a per parcel fee for this service with each township.


December 8 - January 29
 

There was a question about the status of the LCHS hockey team.

The hockey teams at both of our traditional high schools are club teams. With that said, they are financially independent from the school district. Unfortunately, this year student interest at LCHS was down, making the cost for the remaining students significantly higher and cost prohibitive for many. We hope that interest in LCHS hockey will increase next year, allowing the team to reorganize.

At L’Anse Creuse we know that there are many ways to obtain the experience needed for the Supervisor of Technology position, therefore, the position posting did not require a college degree.  However, we value the importance of acquiring the leadership skills learned when obtaining a degree and encourage our supervisory staff to further their education.


January 24, 2016

There is a rumor on social media that a shooting occurred at LCHS-N after school on Friday, January 22, 2016.

Update 1/24/16 at 7:14 p.m.:  The Macomb County Sheriff's Department has completed their investigation, spoken with all parties allegedly involved, and confirm that there was only a rumor and no one was shot.

The district has followed up with LCHS-N administration and the Macomb County Sheriff's Department, neither have any reports of an incident of this nature occurring on LCHS-N grounds. Both the district and sheriff's department are conducting a thorough investigation into this rumor.


December 7

The district has received multiple calls and emails regarding an alleged threat at L'Anse Creuse High School -North. Below is both the district and Macomb County Sheriff's Department response.


Letter home to LCHS-N parents on December 4 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

L’Anse Creuse High School –North was recently made aware of a possible threat and immediately involved the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department. After a full investigation, the Sheriff’s Department determined the threat wasn’t credible.  Following the Student Code of Conduct, the district also completed an investigation and disciplinary measures were taken.

Safety at L’Anse Creuse High School-North is a top priority, at no time did this unsubstantiated threat put students at risk. We take this opportunity to keep you informed and assure you we treat every incident seriously.

Thank you, 

Dr. Greg Dixon, Principal
L'Anse Creuse High School - North 

 

Macomb County Sheriff's Deparmtent MEDIA CRIME REPORT

CONTACT: Lieutenant John Michalke   OFFICE: (586) 469-7198   CELL: (586) 484-1790   FAX: (586) 307-9621

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MT. CLEMENS, MI – December 6, 2015 – On November 18, 2015 The Macomb County Sheriff Office was contacted by a L’Anse Creuse High School (North) School Safety Officer relating that school administrators were made aware of a potential threat.

Sheriff Deputies responded to the school and met with the School Principal as well as the school Safety Officer.  Deputies learned that one of the students had overheard a conversation (between two other students) during which a threat was made.

The students who were involved in the threatening conversation were identified and Sheriff Detectives immediately began an investigation into the matter.  During the investigation to follow, interviews were conducted with each of the students that were involved.  Furthermore, Sheriff Detectives searched a vehicle (located on school property), they searched a home in Macomb Township and an apartment in Chesterfield Township. 

Sheriff investigators also spoke with parents of the two teens involved in the threatening conversation. 

The Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and no criminal charges have been authorized.

The matter has been investigated fully and the Sheriff’s Office has determined that there is no credible threat that exists.

The L’Anse Creuse School Administration has been made aware of the investigation and the findings of Sheriff’s Investigators. 

The school is taking independent actions on the student(s) involved. 

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor this situation.  As always, we will provide the necessary resources to ensure a safe learning environment in each of the schools that we interact with daily.


October 27 - November 12

We have received an email with concerns about a teacher’s performance.

At L’Anse Creuse we want to ensure that all students are receiving a quality education. If you have concerns about your child’s teacher or a staff member, please be sure to speak with the building principal.



October 17 - October 26

There was a question about student enrollment at the Pellerin Center and whether a student under 18 years of age can be dismissed from the program without expulsion.

Students under the age of 18 can be dropped from the program at the Pellerin Center for chronic non-attendance or failure to achieve the needed benchmarks on the Academic Pacing Chart. In situations of this matter, the issues are addressed with the student’s parents/guardians and all placement recommendations can be appealed through district administration.

Please CLICK HERE to review the Academic Pacing Chart.

 

September 29 - October 16

We have received questions and heard confusion about schools of choice enrollment.

Our schools are filled with great students, both resident and schools of choice. Over the past several weeks, we have been hearing questions and concerns about schools of choice enrollment. Here are the facts:

  • The district has participated in the schools of choice program since 2005.
  • Approximately 11% of the student population is schools of choice students.
  • Resident students and schools of choice students have very similar grade point averages, demographics, ethnic backgrounds, and discipline records.
  • Annually, Administration makes a recommendation to the Board of Education for schools of choice guidelines for the upcoming year.
  • L’Anse Creuse schools of choice guidelines for the 2015-2016 school year:
    • Students must reside in Macomb County.
    • Students with prior discipline records are not accepted. (suspended in the previous two years, or ever expelled)
    • Unlimited schools of choice seats available to students kindergarten through eighth grade.
    • Twenty schools of choice seats available for students in grades 9 and 10.
    • Sixteen schools of choice seats available for students in grades 10 and 11 that met specific academic requirements.
    • By law, the district cannot hand select which students will be accepted through schools of choice. If the number of applicants exceeds the seats available a lottery process is implemented.
    • Schools of choice enrollment is different than a residential affidavit or release.
      • Release: A student obtains a signed release form from the district in which they reside giving them the opportunity to attend L’Anse Creuse. L’Anse Creuse has set guidelines requiring a release student to be enrolled in LCPS the immediately preceding 18 months and have no prior suspensions in the previous two years, or ever expelled.
      • Residential affidavit: A student that resides in the home of a family friend or relative within the boundaries of L’Anse Creuse Public Schools for the purposes of a suitable home not for education purposes. Documentation, including a notarized affidavit, is required for admission and the process must be completed on an annual basis.
      • For more information on enrollment, please watch this brief video or view our PowerPoint presentation.

September 19 – September 28

There was a question asking how many schools are a part of L’Anse Creuse Public Schools.

There are nine elementary schools, four middle schools, two traditional high schools, a magnet school consisting of specialty programs and career technical education programs, an alternative high school, an adult education center, and two early childhood centers throughout Chesterfield, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, Macomb Township, and Mount Clemens.


There was a question on whether L’Anse Creuse closed any schools for the 2015-2016 school
year.

Chesterfield Elementary School was repurposed for the 2015-2016 school year. This decision was the result of an extensive process involving district administration, the Board of Education, and the Building Utilization Committee consisting of approximately 60 parents and staff members. For further details in the building utilization process, please CLICK HERE.


There was a question asking if parents can follow their child’s bus to ensure they get to school safely.

Yes, a parent can drive separately to the school to reassure themselves that their student is arriving at school safely as long as the parent is not interfering with the traffic flow or the safety of our students and staff.
 

There was a question asking for the facts behind the LCHS-N football team having to forfeit the 2014-2015 season. This individual also asked about the rumors that the same thing could happen again this year.

During the 2014 football season, after having a student-athlete cleared by the Office of Student and Information Services as a move-in transfer, as well as being approved twice by the MHSAA as a full and complete move, a third and final investigation was conducted and it was ruled that there was a violation and that the student was not living in the LCHS-N attendance area. As a result, the team had to forfeit all the games he participated in, including the wins against Roseville, Eisenhower, Anchor Bay, and L’Anse Creuse.

This was a complicated residential matter and LCHS-N did not intentionally put the program in this situation. They are making every effort to prevent this from happening in the future. As a result, our administrative team and MHSAA worked very closely together on reviewing the eligibility procedure for the district when approving new transfers into the district this year.

There were questions regarding the dress code at L’Anse Creuse High School – North.

L’Anse Creuse High School – North has had the same dress code in place since 2011. Please see the attached Dress Code Policy and Poster.

There was a question about the notification and cleaning procedures when a case of head lice is found in a school.

There are many factors that determine how lice notifications are handled including the amount of students that have lice, the amount of classrooms with students that have lice and whether the impacted student has siblings. Typically, when a case of lice is reported the district nurse and school staff will check the rest of the students in the classroom and the classrooms of the student’s siblings. If no other cases are found, no letter is sent out.  If two or more cases are discovered in one classroom a letter is sent home with that particular classroom and if two or more classrooms are impacted a letter will be sent home with all students.

If there is a case of lice reported in a classroom all carpet is thoroughly vacuumed and any cloth items, such as bean bag chairs or aprons, in the classroom are removed from the classroom and cleaned.
 

There was a question about the discipline of students involved in a physical altercation.

Any act of violence on our property involving our students is taken very seriously. When an incident occurs, building and district administration conducts a thorough investigation and recommends the necessary discipline that aligns with the Student Code of Conduct. The discipline of a student is confidential information and cannot be shared.

September 29

We have heard concerns about a physical altercation at one of our schools.

The safety of our students is our number one priority. Over the past several years, the district has made multiple additions and changes to ensure safety in our schools including secure, controlled entryways with a buzzer system, security cameras and employment of security personnel.

Occasionally people make poor decisions regarding conflict and its resolution. Unfortunately, last week some bad decisions were made and the results of those decisions led to a physical altercation and negative media coverage.

As a parent it is important that you have the facts:

  • Our administration and staff members acted swiftly and appropriately to diffuse the situation and ensure the safety of the students not involved.
  • The incident occurred after school hours and on school property.
  • The altercation primarily involved individuals who were not our students.
  • As staff members were diffusing the initial situation, there was a secondary incident involving an adult bystander who has a concealed weapon permit and had a weapon on their person; however it was only visible and not used.
  • The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department is handling the primary investigation.
  • Working with the Macomb County Sheriff, the district is handling its own investigation for disciplinary purposes.

I take this opportunity to remind you that any act of violence on our property involving our students is taken seriously. After a thorough investigation, district administration will recommend the necessary penalties that align with our Student Code of Conduct.

This is an isolated incident and is not reflective of our student body. Our buildings are filled with motivated students and compassionate staff members that are supported by wonderful parents and community members. From time to time, individuals may make poor decisions and our staff has procedures in place to resolve these situations. It is our priority to maintain a safe and positive environment where students can learn and teachers can teach. If you have further questions, I encourage you to talk to your building administrators or I can be reached at (586) 783-6300 ext. 1210.

Letter to LCHS parents sent the day of the incident.

July 15 – August 5

There was a question asking whether there was a fire at L’Anse Creuse High School – North on the first day of school, and if so, why parents were not notified.

On September 8 at 6:45 a.m. the Macomb Township Fire Department was called for a fire alarm at L’Anse Creuse High School – North.  As the students arrived, they were asked not to enter the building until the building was safe.  The fire inspector determined that there was a mechanical failure with one of the smoke detectors, the students entered the building, and class started on time at 7:11 a.m.  Due to the false alarm, parents were not notified.


There was a question asking if L’Anse Creuse High School – North is charging students to vote for homecoming candidates.

At L’Anse Creuse High School – North, all students were allowed to vote for free as often as they wanted for homecoming candidates.

The Student Council has created a few opportunities to support the Make a Wish Foundation and Beaumont Children’s Hospital during Spirit Week.  The first was a fundraiser where homecoming court candidates were nominated with a $1.00 donation and the second is a toy drive at the Powder Puff game.


There was a question about the Health Heroes Flu Vaccine Clinic asking what schools are participating and how parents were notified.

The 2015-2016 school year is the second year that L’Anse Creuse Public Schools has teamed up with Health Heroes to offer free flu vaccinations at school.  The schools participating in the clinic informed parents through welcome packets, letters home to parents, and emails to parents. Students were only vaccinated if they had a consent form signed by their parent or guardian.

The buildings that participated this year are:

  • Atwood Elementary School
  • Marie C. Graham Elementary School
  • Green Elementary School
  • Emma V. Lobbestael Elementary School
  • L’Anse Creuse Middle School – Central
  • L’Anse Creuse Middle School – East
  • L’Anse Creuse Middle School – North
  • L’Anse Creuse Middle School – South
  • Harry L. Wheeler Community Center and Administrative Offices
  • Larry F. Brender Support Services Center.

August 13 - September 8 

We have heard concerns that some central office administrators are receiving promotions and raises. 

The resignation of the Deputy Superintendent resulted in the reorganization of the department.  The Deputy Superintendent position will not be replaced saving the full salary and benefits for this position. The Executive Director of Elementary Education and the Executive Director of Secondary Education are now Assistant Superintendents to represent the significant increase in responsibilities and to establish the instructional central office positions at the same level as the Business and Human Resource positions. 

The two instructional positions will maintain the 3.8% reduction that all cabinet members accepted for 2015/16 school year. They have moved to the new salary schedule for the Assistant Superintendent position for the 2016/2017 school year. There was no change to the salary schedule for the Cabinet member in charge of business; however, the title was changed from Chief Financial Officer to Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations to clarify the responsibilities of the position which include custodial, transportation, food service, and construction in addition to financial. 

For those of you not familiar with a salary schedule, many positions throughout the district have a step schedule related to their positions.  As part of prior concessions, some of our employee groups have opted to freeze their step schedule while other groups took concessions in different areas such as changes to health care. For full information about our employee contracts please see our transparency report.


There was a question about what is included in the Homecoming Spirit Pack at L'Anse Creuse High School - North.

The LCHS-N spirit pack is an LCHS-N string backpack loaded with two thunder sticks, a pom, a fan towel, a homecoming t-shirt, beads, one lei, a black bandana with puffy paint, and a bonus "Beat Central" t-shirt.


August 6 - August 12

There was a question asking if L’Anse Creuse is a Schools of Choice district.

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools participates in Schools of Choice for Macomb County residents only. The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 school year was July 31, 2015.

The district guidelines for Schools of Choice are recommended and approved on an annual basis. For the 2015-2016 school year, enrollment was unlimited for kindergarten through eighth grade, limited to 20 seats for ninth and tenth grade, and 16 seats for the Math Science Technology (MST) program. The application window for the limited enrollment was May 4 through June 3, 2015.


July 15 - August 5

There was a question regarding the Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage and whether it would impact the educational process at L’Anse Creuse Public Schools.

It is our understanding that the Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage is specific to marriage only. The district works closely with legal counsel and we have not been made aware of any required changes that would impact our educational process.

July 7 - July 14

There was a question regarding the cost of educating resident and Schools of Choice students in L’Anse Creuse, whether the State’s Per Pupil Foundation Allowance covers the cost and if not, how the additional costs are covered. 

The average cost to educate a student at L’Anse Creuse is approximately $10,000 a year and that figure decreases per pupil as enrollment increases, regardless of the student’s residential status.

The district receives revenue from a number of sources. The largest amounts are from the State per pupil foundation allowance of $7,501 per pupil (for the school year that ended June 30, 2015).The second largest portion of revenue is comprised of state and federal grants.  The remaining funding is through a variety of smaller revenue sources such as building rentals.  Revenue for 2013/14 totaled $106,338,910 or $9,776 per pupil for the 10,877 students enrolled in the district in the fall of 2014.  Expenditures for K-12 students and alternative education students totaled $108,870,495 or $10,009 per student. The difference was covered using a portion of the districts savings account (fund balance). 

 

The attached charts (CLICK HERE FOR CHARTS) from the fall board workshop, provides additional information about expenditures. Please note a chart for Alternative Education is not included because it was not created as part of the presentation for the workshop.  Of the $108,870,495 expenditures, $66,735,691 are variable costs. These costs include items such as teaching salaries and supplies, and are considered variable as they change based on enrollment. When we experience a decrease in enrollment, we are able to reduce these costs to keep the per pupil variable cost relatively consistent. The remaining amount of $42,134,804 is fixed costs. These costs include items such as utilities, administrative salaries and building office costs, which, in general, do not fluctuate based on enrollment. When enrollment declines the expenditures stay the same, resulting in an increased cost per pupil

 

Revenue

Total  Variable Cost

Per Pupil Variable Costs

Total Fixed Cost

Per Pupil Fixed Cost

Enrollment Declines

decreases

decreases

no change

no change

increases

Enrollment Increases                  

increases

increases

no change

no change

decreases

 

 

There was a question whether the Food and Nutrition department is self-supportive and does not rely on taxpayer dollars and if Chartwells Dinner Services guarantees L’Anse Ceruse $250,000 each year.

 

The Food and Nutrition program is a self-supporting, self-contained, distinct fund of L'Anse Creuse Public Schools. The program operates from funds received through paid student and adult meals as well as free and reduced federal funding for students designated for assistance. The program does not receive any portion of the local property taxes either directly or through the State Foundation allowance. Chartwells has guaranteed a surplus of $250,000 to the Food and Nutrition program for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015 per contract. The Food and Nutrition program transfers approximately $200,000 of this surplus to the General Fund annually to cover indirect costs of the District. The Food and Nutrition program has maintained a surplus during the entire period (approximately seven years) while under contract with both Sodexo and Chartwells.


June 27 - July 7

There was a question regarding the number of male valedictorians and salutatorians in the Class of 2015 at LCHS and LCHS-N, and whether there is an issue.

  • The Class of 2015 had a total of 25 valedictorians and salutatorians and only one was male. However, for the three previous years (2012-2014), an average of 45% of L’Anse Creuse valedictorians and salutatorians have been male. The district will monitor whether the Class of 2015 was an anomaly or if there is a concern that needs to be addressed going forward.

There was a question regarding the district’s budget and if the district is running a yearly operating deficit.

  • Like most districts across Michigan, L’Anse Creuse is combating financial challenges due to a decrease in the state determined Per Pupil Foundation Allowance and a decline in student enrollment due in large part to lower birth rates. CLICK HERE to see document showing the impact over the past five years.
  • In order to preserve and enhance the programs and services our community appropriately expects for their children, the district has practiced a thoughtful, balanced budget process by using a combination of our fund balance (savings account) and the implementation of revenue generating and cost saving measures to decrease the deficit.
  • The budgeted operating losses, before fund transfers, are projected at approximately $4.3 million for 2014/2015 and $2.3 million for 2015/2016. The decrease in the operating deficit is attributed to the hard work of many with approximately $1.6 million in new budget stabilization measures for 2014/2015 and approximately $4.6 in 2015/2016. The district will continue to make the changes necessary to balance the budget.

There was a question regarding the guidelines behind senior pictures?

  • Sieloff Studios is the official photographer for both LCHS and LCHS-N; however, families can choose to use another photographer or studio for senior pictures.
  • Please be certain that the guidelines specified are followed for each high school to ensure the picture is included in the yearbook.
    • Guidelines for LCHS – Class of 2016
    • Guidelines for LCHS-N – Class of 2016   

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June 22 - 26

 

There was a question regarding language used at the Board of Education meeting.

  • The Board has Bylaws and Operating Procedures that guide their work with processes, timelines, expectations and remedies. Language that a Board member deemed inappropriate and offensive was addressed immediately at the Board table.

 

 

There was a question if there were differences between Schools of Choice students and in-district students in relation to academics and behavior?

  • Extensive research verifies that L’Anse Creuse resident students and Schools of Choice students are very similar in grade point average and discipline. For comparison, traditional high school resident students’ grade point averages were 2.7750 in 2013/2014, whereas Schools of Choice high school students’ grade point averages were 2.7625. In terms of behavior, student suspensions in 2013/2014 were 10.52 percent for resident student enrollment and 7.05 percent for Schools of Choice student enrollment.
  • For more detailed information on this topic, CLICK HERE to watch the Schools of Choice video and/or
    CLICK HERE
    to view the Schools of Choice PowerPoint presentation.

 

There were questions regarding teacher placement for specific teachers for next year.

  • Staffing is adjusted depending on student enrollment and will be finalized in August, therefore, we cannot answer specific teacher placement questions at this time.

 

There was a question about elementary school principals for next year.

  • The assignments for the elementary schools are as follows:
    • Atwood Elementary School – Angela Szczepanski
    • Donald J. Yacks Elementary School – Betty Kozma
    • Emma V. Lobbestael Elementary School – Bev Polega
    • Francis A. Higgins Elementary School – Susan Trebilcock
    • Green Elementary School – Karen Nelson
    • Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary School – Chris May
    • Marie C. Graham Elementary School – Amy Horgan
    • South River Elementary School – Laura Holbert
    • Tenniswood Elementary School – Kim Vigneron

 

There was a statement about repurposing Chesterfield Elementary; how it will affect the nine elementary schools; and if Chesterfield Elementary will be made into a Chinese dormitory.

  • Building utilization research conducted over the past year showed that the district had more elementary schools then needed based on enrollment, with approximately 1000 seats open. After the decision was made to repurpose Chesterfield Elementary, the district thoughtfully determined the new elementary school boundary lines to ensure all of our buildings are operating effectively and efficiently. With that said, the receiving schools will not be overcrowded. 
  • The final decision on how Chesterfield Elementary will be used in the future has not been determined. There are several options the district is currently exploring. At this time, Chesterfield is not being repurposed for a Chinese school or dorm.
  • CLICK HERE to view the Building Utilization presentation from March 25, 2015 detailing the capacity at each of our elementary schools.

 

There were questions about the Superintendent’s contract, certification, and evaluation.

  • Superintendent Jackie Johnston took a 3.8 percent salary reduction effective July 1, 2015 for the length of her contract. The district web site includes a transparency report, which includes the Superintendent’s salary and all other salaries that exceed $100,000.
  • Ms. Johnston holds the School Administrator Certification as required by the State of Michigan.
  • The Board of Education evaluates the Superintendent. Five of seven Board Member evaluations of the Superintendent were submitted accurately and timely. The Board of Education rated Superintendent Jackie Johnston as effective.
  • The Superintendent was selected as a candidate for consideration of Superintendent at another school district. That position has been filled.

 

There was a question whether a principal must ride a bus daily to control student behavior?

  • Principals will occasionally ride the bus with students for several reasons including student behavior and special needs. No principal has been required to ride a particular bus every day.

 

There were questions regarding the International Fund and an upcoming trip to China. 

  • The District has allocated up to $8,000 from the International Fund to support a trip to China in April 2016. This trip occurs every other year as a means to maintain and build the beneficial relationship we have with our partners in China. Additionally, this trip is coordinated to occur at the same time as the trip with our students, parents and staff members. At this time, it has not been determined who will be representing L’Anse Creuse in April.
  • It is important to note that the International Fund is separate from the General Fund. While the General Fund primarily originates from State and local taxes, the International Fund is generated primarily by tuition paid by students from other countries that choose to attend L’Anse Creuse Public Schools.
  • The international program continues to generate funds, having a positive financial impact on the district. Funds generated in the 2014/2015 school year were used to pay for the Kindergarten Chinese Immersion program at Joseph M. Carkenord and Donald J. Yacks elementary schools.

 

There was a question whether the District is experiencing lower enrollment, as well as, if neighboring district boundaries are encroaching into L’Anse Creuse.

  • Enrollment has declined from a high of 12, 323 in 2009/2010 to 11,319 in 2013/2014. CLICK HERE to view the Historical Pupil Enrollment chart.
  • School district boundaries are fixed. Changes can only occur through an appeal process that begins at the Intermediate School District.

 

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