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The Board of Education approved new Schools of Choice guidelines for residents and non-residents at its January 25 meeting.

The revised guidelines outline a new application procedure, which includes a waiting list and lottery system to accommodate a smaller number of openings at the seven elementary schools the district will operate in 2010-11.

The district will accept resident Schools of Choice applications starting February 1 until March 1 and non-resident applications from April 1 until April 30.

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The Saginaw Valley League annually recognizes a high school teacher of the year from each of the Saginaw Valley member schools. Any teacher who has taught for at least five years and whose current teaching assignment is full or part-time in grades 9-12 is eligible to receive this award.

If you would like to nominate a teacher, please download the nomination form for your high school and submit it by Monday, March 1.

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Wednesday, January 27 marks the end of the first semester. Classes will not be held on Thursday, January 28 or Friday, January 29. High school exam schedules have been posted to the H. H. Dow High School and Midland High School web sites.

The second semester of the 2009-10 school year begins Monday, February 1.

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We have started compiling FAQs regarding the changes to our Schools of Choice guidelines. We will add more questions and answers after the proposed Schools of Choice guidelines are approved on January 25, 2010. Continued »

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If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2010, your child is eligible to attend kindergarten next year. Parents of incoming kindergarten students should attend one of our district-wide orientation meetings:

Meeting #1Tuesday, February 9 in the Jefferson Middle School cafeteria
Time #14:30 - 5:30 p.m. Information5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Q & A
or Time #26:30 - 7:30 p.m. Information7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Q & A
Meeting #2Tuesday, February 16 in the Central Middle School cafeteria
Time #14:30 - 5:30 p.m. Information5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Q & A
or Time #26:30 - 7:30 p.m. Information7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Q & A

Information on open houses for parents and children will be given at this time as well as information on schools of choice, curriculum, and registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Jana at 923-5024.

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Nominations are being accepted for this year's Gerstacker Teacher Proficiency Awards. The Gerstacker Committee would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the basic eligibility criteria for a nominee and the selection procedures. Continue reading for more information. Continued »

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Michigan Public Act 621 of 1978, the (Uniform Budgeting Act) requires all local governments to adopt balanced budgets, in a format specified by the state, before July 1 of each year. It also requires that "the local unit shall amend the general appropriations act as soon as it becomes apparent that a deviation from the original general appropriations act is necessary and the amount of the deviation can be determined."

A public school budget is not advisory in nature but rather an accounting of the source and uses of public funds. If either changes, the budget must be amended.

The 2009-10 operating budget for the Midland Public Schools, adopted by the Board of Education on June 22, 2009, and modified on January 11, 2010 describes every program and activity the district plans to conduct during the 2009-10 school year with the estimated costs for each of these functions.

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As many of our community members are already aware, the Midland Public Schools Board of Education decided to close five of its existing elementary schools for the fall of 2010. This action was taken on December 14, 2009 at the Board of Education meeting and came after ten months of study by administration and the Community Committee for Building Closures.

Our administration is now in the process of fine-tuning school building boundaries, transportation routes, staff assignments, class sizes, and the official Schools of Choice practices. All of these decisions will require about one month for final determinations and, in the case of staff and administrative placements, perhaps longer.

The good news is that we now project that less than 35 percent of our elementary students will be impacted by the building closures decision.

While none of us in education – or, frankly, our community – prefer to see building closures, this decision is right for this point of time in our district's history, given our financial challenges and the uncertain future of public school funding in the State of Michigan.

However, please know this decision does not – and will not – prevent current Midland Public Schools students from continuing their education with MPS. For most, education will continue at your current building. For some, it will mean having your children follow the reassignments of the closed buildings and where those student populations transfer. And, for a smaller number of families, it will mean transferring to a different building completely.

An updated public notice of where our elementary Schools of Choice students are assigned will be available when the administration recommends its new district-wide Schools of Choice practice to the Board of Education on January 25, 2010. The Board of Education will deliberate for two weeks on the changes and make final Schools of Choice policy decisions at its February 8, 2010 meeting.

Until that time, all inquiries can only be handled with preliminary answers to questions. The administration is in the process of finalizing new building boundaries, reassigning elementary students to buildings, and determining the transportation needs of our youngest students.

When we publicly announce the new Schools of Choice practice and the new elementary school boundaries, we want the community's confidence in our school district to remain strong, as our history demonstrates. To do this right, the administration needs about one month to make final decisions, now that we know the Board of Education's decision about which buildings will remain open.

Our community can expect to see the district hold meetings for parents in late January to answer transition questions and concerns as we plan for education in the fall of 2010. We look forward to this opportunity as we embrace you as our partners in education here at Midland Public Schools.

We know most of our parents choose Midland Public Schools because of our rich history of academic excellence. Our most recent state testing scores confirm this is still a reality for our student body. Please know that we appreciate your confidence in us, and we will work tirelessly on behalf of your children regardless of which elementary building they attend. Please know, too, that your children are always welcome at Midland Public Schools.

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The Midland Public Schools, in partnership with our community, prepares students as knowledgeable, self-reliant, cooperative, and ethical learners who are contributing citizens.

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