Flint Community Schools

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[1] Flint Community Schools is a school district headquartered in Flint, Michigan, United States. For the 2011-2012 school year, the Flint Community Schools had both middle schools, four elementary schools and one high school placed in the bottom 5% of all schools in the State of Michigan based on student achievement and attendance.[2] The school district accommodated a total student population of about 30,000 students. It included two early childhood education centers, 18 elementary schools,and three secondary schools. Other buildings under its operation include the Genesee Area Skill Center,and 2 alternative education facilities.

History[edit]

The current mission statement of "developing a community of learners who are prepared to live, work, and contribute to an ever changing society" was developed by Walter Milton, who became Superintendent in 2005. Milton subsequently wrote a book entitled Me in the Making which included a chapter on his stormy tenure in Flint.[3]

In November 2012, Superintendent Linda Thompson announced her retirement.[4] Thompson, 57, is a Flint native who has worked 36 years with the district in several roles. She worked her way up the ranks from teacher to assistant principal, to principal before coming to the administration building and her eventual selection as superintendent. Linda Thompson, a native of Flint and graduate of the University of Michigan School of Education assumed the Superintendentship in 2008 and set about downsizing the District by closing schools. In late 2011 the District was found to be running a deficit of 3.7 million dollars by the accounting firm of Yeo and Yeo.[5] In early 2012 the Flint School Board opted not to extend Superintendent Thompson's contract beyond the current year, citing the deficit and her previous effectiveness rating of 2.7 out a possible 4.0 points.[6] Mrs. Thompson continued on a one-year contract, but in November 2012, on the heels of the discovery of an even larger budget deficit than the year before, she announced her retirement.[7]

In December 2012, Lawrence Watkins Jr. was selected to serve as the Districts Interim Superintendent.[8] Watkins was a longtime Flint School District employee. He graduated from Flint Central High School in 1971 and then graduated from Hillsdale College on a football scholarship in 1975. He's worked for the district, in some capacity, "since I was 14 years of age," he has said. He was a locker room attendant in high school. After college, Watkins became varsity wrestling coach at Central High. In 1986, he became staff assistant for the district's office of pupil personnel services. He held several other positions in the administration office before retiring as director of pupil personnel services in 2012. He also served as director of school safety and security.[9] Larry Watkins helped the Flint School District usher in a comprehensive educational plan, negotiate concessions from bargaining units and collaborate with community organizations to bring back the community education model that put Flint schools on the map. At the same time, Watkins saw Flint schools' deficit grow from $4 million to $21.9 million in a little over two years, thousands of students leave the district and numerous school buildings closed.[10] On April 8, 2015, Mr. Watkins announced his retirement.[11]

The city of Flint's two oldest schools were Flint Central High School (formerly Flint City High School) and Flint Northern High School. Due to administrative decisions and budget cuts, Flint Central High School, founded in 1875, is not currently in operation; Flint Northern High School, founded in 1929, ranked in the bottom 1% of Michigan secondary schools and was also closed in 2013.[12] Both institutions experienced relocation from their original sites.[13]

Genesee Area Skill Center[edit]

The Genesee Area Skill Center (GASC Technology Center) in Mundy Township is a regional vocational-technical center in which 11th and 12th grade students throughout Genesee County can enroll in its career preparatory programs. There currently are 21 area High Schools that feed into the GASC.

Schools[edit]

High Schools (Grades 7-12)
Elementary Schools (Grades K-6)
Other
  • Accelerated Learning Academy G-2138 W. Carpenter Road
  • Genesee Area Skill Center (Flint Township) [24]
Closed
  • Bryant Elementary - 201 E. Pierson Road - 2013
  • Carpenter Road Elementary - Closed 2015
  • Central High School - 601 Crapo St- 1923-2009
  • Civic Park Elementary School - 1402 W. Dayton St. - 1922-2009 (abandoned)
  • Cook Elementary - 500 Welch Blvd. - 2002
  • Dort Elementary - 601 E. Witherbee St. - 2013
  • Garfield Elementary School- 301 E. McClellan St.- 1928-2009
  • Johnson Elementary School - 5323 Western Road - 1967-2006 (last used as Johnson AAA School, now closed)
  • King Elementary School - 520 W. Rankin St.
  • Longfellow Middle School - 1255 N. Chevrolet Ave. - 2006
  • Lowell Jr. High- 3301 N Vernon Ave- 1929-2003 (Alternative middle school 1988-2003) - abandoned
  • McKinley Middle School - 4501 Camden Ave. - 1929-2012
  • Merrill Elementary School- 1501 W. Moore St- 1953-2009
  • Northern High School #2, (Renamed Northern Academy and closed in 2014)
  • Scott Elementary School - Closed 2015
  • Stewart Elementary School- 1950 Burr Blvd.- 1955-2009
  • Washington Elementary School - 1400 N. Vernon Avenue - 1922-2013
  • Whittier Middle School - 800 Crapo Street - 1925-2008
  • Wilkins Elementary - 121 E. York Ave. - 2010
  • Williams Elementary - 3501 Minnesota Ave. - Closed 2010
  • Zimmerman Elementary School - 2421 Corunna Rd. - Closed 2013
Demolished
  • Clark Elementary School - Harrison St - built in 1912; closed in 1977 Demolished 2014
  • Cody Elementary School - 3201 Fenton Road - closed 2003 - Demolished December 2012
  • Homedale Elementary School - 1501 Davison Road - 1914-2003 - added onto in 1922 & 1966 -(burned on September 11, 2010-now a vacant lot)
  • Kennedy Center - an alternative school - Saginaw Street -after closing, Schools of Choice was opened as a replacement - demolished 2011
  • Lewis Elementary School - 1911 - became Lowell Jr. High Annex in 1978 - demolished 1991
  • Martin Community Elementary School - 6502 Stafford Place - 1924-2002 (razed in 2011- now vacant lot)
  • Pierson Elementary School - 300 E. Mott Ave. - 2002 demolished 2013
  • Stevenson Elementary School - 6th Ave. - 1911 - became Rankin School, demolished
  • School of Choice - 517 E. 5th Avenue - Formerly St. Michael's High School, became The Center For Hope in 2010, demolished 2017)
Redeveloped
  • Anderson Elementary School - 3248 Mackin Road - 1965-2009 (Sold in 2015 to Empowered Enterprise Inc.)
  • Bunche Elementary - 4121 Martin Luther King Blvd. - 2012 (Now Bunche Community Center)
  • Coolidge Elementary School - 3615 Van Buren Ave. - 1928-2011 - Sold to Communities First Inc. of Flint for use as offices, housing, etc.
  • Cummings Elementary School -Became Great Expectations Early Childhood Center 2016
  • Dewey Elementary School - 4119 N. Saginaw St. - Now the Sylvester Broom Center
  • Emerson Jr. High - later became Flint Open School - Pasadena - now been demolished (Land now owned by Shiloh Commons Apartments)
  • Gundry Community Elementary School - 6031 Dupont St. - 2008 (now Cathedral of Faith Ministries)
  • Jefferson Elementary School - 5306 North Street - (last used as Northridge Academy, Now 2nd Chance Baptist Church of Flint)
  • Lawndale Avenue Elementary School- 3115 Lawndale Avenue - (Now St. Luke's N.E.W. Life Center)
  • Lincoln Elementary School - 2820 S. Saginaw St. - (became a charter school International Academy of Flint in 1999)
  • Manley Elementary School - 3002 Farley Street - Now an early child care and special development center: "Flint Head Start"
  • Northern High School #1, Flint Academy - McClellan Street - demolished (Land now owned by Shiloh Commons Apartments)
  • Oak Elementary School - 1000 Oak Street - 1890-1976 (Reopened in 2014 as Oak Street Senior Housing)
  • Selby Academy (Sold and became Eagles Nest Academy in 2015)
  • Sobey Elementary School - 3701 N. Averill Avenue - 2003 (Now Boys & Girls Club Of Greater Flint)
  • Summerfield Elementary School - 1360 Milbourne Ave. - 1970-2012 (reopened as early childcare center)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Priority Schools List 2011-2012" (PDF). State of Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Priority Schools List" (PDF). State of Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Journal|accessdate=February 11, 2008 http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal|publisher=Flint Journal|accessdate=February 11, 2008
  4. ^ "Flint Schools Superintendent Linda Thompson will retire, submits 90-day notice". MLive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Robert (November 17, 2011). East Village Magazine.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Thorne, Blake (March 28, 2012). The Flint Journal.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Thorne, Blake. "Flint Schools Superintendent's Retirement Announcement". The Flint Journal. 
  8. ^ "Larry Watkins selected as interim superintendent at Flint School District". MLive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Flint schools' Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins resigns". MLive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  10. ^ "'Right time' to exit, says retiring Flint schools chief Larry Watkins". MLive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  11. ^ "'Right time' to exit, says retiring Flint schools chief Larry Watkins". MLive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  12. ^ "Priority Schools List" (PDF). November 28, 2012. State of Michigan, Department of Education. 
  13. ^ Four Flint schools to be closed, Flint Northern to become alternative school The Flint Journal via MLive.com, March 13, 2013
  14. ^ Northwestern High School - Index
  15. ^ Southwestern Academy - Index
  16. ^ Brownell Elementary School - Index
  17. ^ Doyle/Ryder Elementary School - Index
  18. ^ Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School - Index
  19. ^ Eisenhower Elementary School - Index
  20. ^ Freeman Elementary School - Welcome
  21. ^ Neithercut Elementary School - Index
  22. ^ Pierce Creative Arts Community School - Welcome Home Page
  23. ^ Potter Elementary School - Index
  24. ^ GASC Technology Center

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