Two Michigan districts dissolved

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  1. MsMar

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    It's a terrible cycle that region is undergoing. People are out of work and moving away, so taxes are dropping, and schools aren't funded.
     
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    Buena Vista actually closed its doors in May for a few weeks! They have a corrupt Superintendent that also embezzled money from another district.
    I believe I actually applied in Inkster this year...

    Neither of these are surprises- they've been talking about the possibility for at least 6 months.
     
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    I checked my job chart- I did apply in Inkster. It is a pretty bad area, but I've applied to almost everything around!
     
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    There are some outside of Detroit that have combined as well...I know some man did a protest crawling from one city to the other and he didn't even have kids in the school system...
     
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    Giraffe - when I saw the article I thought of you and did wonder if you had applied to either of these districts. I'm still baffled as to how a district with 432 students can exist. We have way more students than that (almost 700) in just the elementary school I teach in.
     
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    MsMar...I graduated with 42 people in my class...
    Lots of little schools in Michigan...
     
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    Inkster has talked for years of combining with either Wayne/Westland &/or Garden City. Garden City is the next city north. I just read a news article & Garden City is not mentioned. Wish I would have known that at dinner when we were talking about it!

    Parents have until Friday to fill out a School of Choice form at Garden City.

    My son will be a Senior at Garden City & he is concerned about the possible influx of kids and in particular gangs. I don't know how many slots are open & they won't take Seniors.

    So many questions and, as of yet, no answers. The ISD is meeting Thursday at 6p.m. to redraw school district lines so we shall see what happens.
     
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    How far will these students have to travel for their new placements?
     
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    That isn't known. One thought is that since district boundaries will be redrawn that a possibility is that the new district will use the current buildings. I guess that may depend on what the new district wants or needs to due. It very well could be several miles from their current school.
     
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    This is happening with a lot of Michigan's schools because the population is declining. Buena Vista had 798 kids in 2010. They've lost half in 2 years.
    Here is a quote from the linked article:
    Enrollment and revenue have declined for more than a decade. In 14 years, student enrollment has declined by 75 percent.
    There were more than 2,000 students in Buena Vista in the mid-1990s, Syrek said.
    Buena Vista in 1998 counted 1,745 students. Enrollment in spring 2007 was 1,128. There were 1,054 students in February 2008. Student enrollment fell to 798 in fall 2010, 761 in winter 2011 and 651 in fall 2011. On the February 2012 count day, the district reported 637 students.


    I grew up not too far from Flint. The Flint school district has been decimated. Between 2007/2008 to 2008/2009, Flint lost over 1,700 students! They pretty much consistently lose 1,500 students per year. They have closed over 20 schools in the last decade. They have about 1/3 the students they had 20 years ago. It may be down to 1/4 now.

    So, not only does Michigan produce a ton of teachers every year, more and more get laid off every year and enter the job market with experience. This is why there are 6000 applicants for positions!
     
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    Is it just the Detroit area of Michigan that has a declining population, or is it more wide spread?
     
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    No wonder it's so hard to get jobs in these Michigan districts. This is a sad situation all around. Hopefully the transition will be a smooth one.
     
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    The entire state is declining in population. The more rural you are, the less the decline is. Inkster is just south of Detroit, but Buena Vista is almost 2 hours north of Detroit. Flint is about an hour north of Detroit. Flint was the birthplace of GM and home to many factories, as well as the location for the sit-down strikes. Flint, Saginaw, and Detroit consistently rank on the most dangerous cities list- all three relied heavily on automobile manufacturing jobs. Most of GM's factories were in and around Flint, with a few in Saginaw. Detroit was more Ford and Dodge/Chrysler.
     
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    giraffe.. Detroit was birth place, but many other manufacturing companies would "feed" Detroit even outlying auto plants. But manufacturing as a whole took a hit...think office furniture which is more on west side of state. I think east side just got hit harder!! West side has a lot more agriculture to it's portfolio...

    We do have great colleges known for teaching..went to one, but there are just so many for this state!!!!
     
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    Love this!!! Is it ok to shake your head in agreement? I would love to add some!!
     
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    Giraffe, I just had to share that!

    I thought that we only had 2 seasons: winter & construction. :D

    I love telling people I'm from Detroit. The reactions I get. I'm actually in a suburb. So, according to Detroiters (people who actually live in the city), I'm not from Detroit.
     
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    Kpa... when you tell people your from MI the ask Detroit? Like it's the only city..LOL!
     

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