School Beat – June 4, 2009

Michael S. Shibler, Ph.D.

Michael S. Shibler, Ph.D.

Reflect on successful school year

 

by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Rockford Public Schools

 

I want to begin by congratulating all the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) students who earned diplomas this spring, including those from Rockford High School, River Valley Academy, and Rockford Adult Education. I wish you the very best life has to offer. You are fortunate to have earned your diploma from a highly respected educational institution, which has prepared you to continue your lifelong education through technical or trade school, university or community college, military service, or on-the-job training. I encourage you to focus on making a difference with your life and in the lives of others. Go for it!

I also want to reflect on a successful 2008-09 school year. Our students excelled in the classroom, in the athletic arena, and on stage. Our greatest source of pride is the achievement of our students-and there were many. Rockford students, from elementary through high school, brought much recognition to their families, their schools, and the Rockford community at large. Thank you!

Also, Meadow Ridge Elementary School became our 12th and final school to earn recognition by the Michigan Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon Exemplary School. This outstanding award recognizes Meadow Ridge’s high student-achievement test scores, quality educational opportunities, and strong parent involvement. Congratulations, Meadow Ridge staff, students and families!

Like most organizations, businesses and families, RPS is experiencing serious financial challenges. Most of our revenue comes from state income and sales taxes, and those dollars are significantly down because of the state’s unusually high unemployment numbers and the decline in retail activity. RPS is facing these challenges with a resolve to maintain the integrity of our educational opportunities for all students. I believe that it may be several years before Michigan is able to establish a positive cash reserve. During this period, I ask for your patience as we meet these challenges head on.

In closing, I hope you and your family have a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and please free to contact me at (616) 863-6557 or mshibler@rockford.k12.mi.us with questions or concerns.

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