Linda Thompson http://michiganradio.org en Flint school officials start the process of deciding which schools to close http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-officials-start-process-deciding-which-schools-close <p>Flint school board members have started weighing their <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/03/flint_school_board_discusses_c.html#incart_river_default">options for closing schools later this year.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They didn&rsquo;t like the options they were given last night.</p><p>The two options presented to the school board last night included closing three elementary schools, one or two middle schools and possibly a high school.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:30:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 6628 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school officials start the process of deciding which schools to close Flint school officials plead for public's help to prevent vandalism http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-officials-plead-publics-help-prevent-vandalism <p>People stealing metal, computers&nbsp;and other equipment have done more than a million dollars&nbsp;worth of damage to Flint school buildings in the past 18 months.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Thompson is the <a href="http://www.flintschools.org/">Flint Community Schools</a> superintendent. She says the&nbsp;problem goes well beyond kids with spray paint.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Thompson says in one case a school building was ransacked as part a&nbsp;sophisticated scheme.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;These are not kids doing this,&quot;&nbsp;Thompson insists, &quot;You can look at the fact that electricity was disconnected&hellip;.we&rsquo;re talking about people who are not amateurs about doing this either.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Thompson is worried vandals might take advantage of the upcoming Christmas break to do more damage to Flint schools. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>She&rsquo;s urging people to report any&nbsp;suspicious activity around Flint schools to the police.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Thompson says Flint is not alone. Many urban school districts have seen a big increase in vandalism during the past few years.&nbsp; Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:45:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 5479 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school officials plead for public's help to prevent vandalism Flint school board approves deficit elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-school-board-approves-deficit-elimination-plan <p>A&nbsp;divided Flint School Board narrowly approved a state mandated deficit elimination&nbsp;plan last night.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;board first&nbsp;deadlocked whether&nbsp;to approve the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/12/post_255.html">$3.7 million deficit&nbsp;elimination&nbsp;plan</a>. After being&nbsp;told the district would&nbsp;potentially&nbsp;lose&nbsp;some pending state funding, the board&nbsp;revoted&nbsp;on the plan&nbsp;and&nbsp;passed it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 06:16:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 5332 at http://michiganradio.org Flint school board approves deficit elimination plan