Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A new revised policy on bullying and agressive behavior will be put into action on the first day of school Sept. 4.
As the new school year begins Tuesday, a revised policy on bullying and agressive behavior will be strictly enforced. The Berkley Board of Education approved the new policy at its meeting this past May, hoping to bring the district's policy in line with a new Michigan law. It outlines the district's responsibility to ensure a "safe and nurturing educational environment for all of its students" by protecting them at school and school-related activities. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill in December that gave school districts six months to develop "clear anti-bullying policies" and in place by the beginning of the next school year. “It’s not that we did not have a bullying policy before,” said Jessica Stilger, communications supervisor for …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Concerns still linger about the stability of state revenue sharing.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
State legislators, city officials, school administrators and parents are among the many people who turned out Monday night to show their appreciation for Michael Simeck.
Passionate, dedicated and leader – all were used to describe retiring Berkley School District Superintendent Michael Simeck and his commitment to public education before he oversaw his last Board of Education meeting Monday. A large crowd of people filled the seats of the Avery Center conference room. Their titles ranged from state representative to mayor to mom and all were there to give their well wishes to the outgoing superintendent as he leaves for a position in Illinois and to thank him for his work over the last five years. “I can’t express what you’ve done for public education in words,” Michigan Sen. John Pappageorge said about Simeck’s speeches in Lansing and Washington, DC, on the importance of public education to states and …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Board is also expected to ratify teacher contracts and approve budgets during Monday's meeting.
The Berkley Board of Education will wrap up some important matters and pay tribute to staff and students in its last meeting before the end of the school year when it meets Monday evening. To kick off the night, there will be a reception in honor of the Class of 2012 and Berkley School District retirees at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room at Avery Center. The board meeting begins at 7 p.m. On the agenda:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Updated policy is to ensure students enjoy a 'safe and nurturing educational environment' and complies with new state mandate.
The Berkley Board of Education has approved a revised policy on bullying and aggressive behavior. The board approved the new policy at its meeting Monday night to bring the district's policy in line with a new Michigan law. It outlines the district's responsibility to ensure a "safe and nurturing educational environment for all of its students" by protecting them at school and school-related activities. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill in December that gave school districts six months to develop "clear anti-bullying policies" and in place by the beginning of the next school year. “It’s not that we did not have a bullying policy before,” said Jessica Stilger, communications supervisor for Berkley Schools, “but this one is much more in-depth …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Huntington Woods state Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton and others say the state should restore nearly $1 billion cut last year from K-12 funding.
A group of Michigan House Democrats, including state Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton of Huntington Woods, leveled charges that Republican lawmakers and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder are leaving schoolchildren behind when it comes to funding education. During a news conference Monday at University Academy in Southfield, a school for gifted and talented students on the Southfield High campus, lawmakers said the proposed budget continues a $470 per pupil funding cut currently in place. What's more, they said, the omnibus legislation lacks transparency and makes it more difficult for citizens to see exactly how tax dollars are being allocated. Cogen Lipton, who is minority vice chair with appropriations subcommittees on school aid and community …
Friday, May 4, 2012
The district is reviewing the Readiness Assessment Tool and evaluating its their technology for the changes taking effect in the 2014-15 school year.
Starting in the 2014-15 school year, schools in Michigan will be administering online exams to students instead of the traditional MME and MEAP to test core subjects. While the test, called Smarter Balanced, was just detailed Monday by the Michigan Department of Education, the Berkley School District said it’s already on the path to preparing for the transition. Smarter Balanced released a Technology Readiness Tool for districts to measure readiness to move forward with an online assessment program, of which an estimated 6 percent of districts have completed so far, according to Joseph Martineau, executive director of the Bureau of Assessment & Accountability for the Michigan Department of Education. Mary Beth Fitzpatrick, director of …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Dennis McDavid, the Board of Education’s choice to succeed outgoing superintendent Mike Simeck, is poised to receive the green light.
Less than a month after Berkley Schools Superintendent Mike Simeck announced he would leave his position at the conclusion of this academic year, the Board of Education is preparing to appoint his successor at tonight’s regular board meeting. Current Schools and Human Resources Director Dennis McDavid — the only candidate for the job — has been employed by the Berkley School District since 2005 when he was hired as an English teacher. His career trajectory has been on the ascent ever since. McDavid became principal of Berkley High School in 2007 before being hired to his current leadership position in 2009. The decision to toss his hat in the ring for the top job came at the suggestion of both the school board and the current …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
With a public interview of a single internal candidate set for tonight, some are unhappy or puzzled over a lack of an external search or more candidates to consider.
Three weeks after Berkley Schools Superintendent Mike Simeck announced he would resign at the conclusion of 2011-12 academic year, the Board of Education plans to unveil its top — and thus far only — choice to replace him during tonight’s school board special session. The unusual public interview of applicant Dennis McDavid, currently Berkley Schools’ human resources director, takes place amid concerns by some that a decision by the board to forgo an external candidate search may be shortsighted. In a statement released to parents last week by board President Paul Ellison enumerating reasons he and other board members demurred on looking outside the district for a new superintendent, the one-page letter focused on two key rationales: …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Community invited to a special session with candidate Dennis McDavid, the district’s current director of Schools and Human Resources, to replace Mike Simeck, who announced Feb. 14 that he will be leaving for new position in Illinois.
The Berkley Board of Education is moving quickly to choose a successor to outgoing superintendent Mike Simeck, who announced last month that he is leaving at the end of the school year for a position in the Chicago area. The board has invited Dennis McDavid, the district’s current director of Schools and Human Resources, to interview for the superintendent's position, according to a statement from board President Paul J. Ellison. McDavid’s interview will take place during a special session of the Berkley Board of Education at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. "The unusual interview time is to accommodate elementary PTA parents and staff who may wish to attend," Ellison said in the statement. "The Berkley Board believes its most important task is hiring …