Teresa Weatherall Neal http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids students and neighbors push back on new “transformation plan” for schools http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-students-and-neighbors-push-back-new-transformation-plan-schools <p>On Thursday night hundreds of parents and students got their first chance to respond to a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/new-superintendent-works-unite-grand-rapids-schools%E2%80%99-community">"transformation plan"</a> for the Grand Rapids Public School district. The plan <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-unveils-transformation-plan-includes-closing-10-schools">unveiled Monday&nbsp;</a>includes closing ten schools.</p><p>There was a lot of push back, even tears at times in the auditorium at Creston High School; the only high school slated to be shut down.</p><p>“Honestly, it feels like the board is giving up on us,” Creston High School freshman Toni Cortazar said. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 04:09:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9746 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids students and neighbors push back on new “transformation plan” for schools Grand Rapids schools unveils “transformation plan”- includes closing 10 schools http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-unveils-transformation-plan-includes-closing-10-schools <p>The Grand Rapids Public School district would close 10 schools under a new <a href="http://www.grps.org/images/slide/pdf/102912TransformationPlanBookFINAL.pdf">“transformation plan”</a> unveiled Monday night.</p><p>Over the past decade GRPS has lost 7,000 students; dropping it to the fifth largest district in the state. Along with the loss of students, Grand Rapids Public Schools has cut more than $100 million and closed 25 schools. But almost half its buildings are still way below capacity and the graduation rate is only 47-percent.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:40:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9683 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids schools unveils “transformation plan”- includes closing 10 schools New superintendent works to unite Grand Rapids schools’ community http://michiganradio.org/post/new-superintendent-works-unite-grand-rapids-schools%E2%80%99-community <p>The interim superintendent&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/grand-rapids-public-schools">Grand Rapids Public Schools </a>will get rid of some controversial initiatives put in place by the former district&nbsp;leader. The state&rsquo;s third largest school district has been through a lot of turmoil over the last year.</p><p>Former Grand Rapids schools superintendent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/bernard-taylor">Bernard&nbsp;Taylor</a> made academic improvements during his five years serving the district. But he was divisive at least and a pariah to some. He resigned abruptly in January. His replacement Teresa Weatherall Neal has worked for Grand Rapids schools for 35 years.</p><p>&ldquo;I am truly, truly, one of you. This is my district and this is my city,&rdquo; Neal said in her &lsquo;state of our schools address&rsquo; Saturday.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:36:25 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6582 at http://michiganradio.org New superintendent works to unite Grand Rapids schools’ community Grand Rapids schools suspends superintendent search http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-suspends-superintendent-search <p>The school board of Michigan&rsquo;s third largest public school district voted unanimously Monday night to extend interim Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal&rsquo;s contract for 18 months and suspend the superintendent search.</p><p>Neal replaces former superintendent Bernard Taylor. Taylor had agreed to resign from Grand Rapids schools at the end of this school year after he was a finalist for other jobs beginning last spring. But he departed abruptly earlier this month.</p><p>In a written statement&nbsp;school board president Senita Lenear&nbsp;said:</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:16:39 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5907 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids schools suspends superintendent search