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Please click here to print out our household survey. We are asking that the Household Surveys be completed and returned by October 20, 2017. Printed copies are also available at each building.
The State uses information provided on the Household Surveys to calculate additional funding for Farwell Area Schools. The additional funding that could be negatively impacted when we don’t receive enough of the Household Surveys back are primarily grant dollars from State and Federal programs like Title I and At-Risk funding. These grant dollars help to fund many important programs including the following: academic enrichment, alternative education, one elementary teacher, some dual enrollment costs, elementary and middle school Title I para professionals, summer school, after school programs, and one Title I teacher.
Last school year, the district lost approximately $169,284 in additional funding that was partially due to the lack of response of the Household Surveys distributed.
Farwell Selects David O'Bryant as Next Superintendent
The Farwell Board of Education has extended an offer to current Rogers City Superintendent, Mr. David O’Bryant to serve as their next Superintendent. The board voted unanimously to offer O’Bryant the position and enter into contract negotiations after his second-round interview Tuesday night. The interview followed a series of day-long meetings O’Bryant attended with focus groups made up of community members, staff, and administrators. Members of the Board are scheduled to meet with Mr. O’Bryant early next week to begin contract discussions.
Board President Shari Buccilli told O’Bryant of the Board’s action via speakerphone during the meeting, which was immediately followed by enthusiastic applause from the audience of over 40 who were in attendance. Mr. O’Bryant responded to the offer with, "I am amazed by the support of the Farwell Board, staff and community and I am grateful for this opportunity.” O’Bryant’s statement was followed by applause from the crowd.
Buccilli said of O’Bryant, Dave is a great fit for the candidate profile we developed, and he made an excellent impression on those he met with during the process. We were very lucky to have two outstanding finalists each with great skills and talents, but in the end Mr. O’Bryant was clearly the best fit for what our district and community needs. We all look forward to working with him to move our district forward.”
Search Consultant Gary Rider, of the Michigan Leadership Institute, said, “The Board did an outstanding job of listening to feedback from the public. They followed the process diligently and worked through difficult decisions as a team.”
David O’Bryant has served as Superintendent for the Rogers City Area Schools for the past two years. Prior to this work, he served as the 6-12 Principal at Rogers City for six years. Mr. O’Bryant has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Ferris State University.
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2017-2018 School Calendar
Substitute Teachers needed!
Required for all children entering kindergarten, all 7th grade students, and all children changing school districts:Two doses of varicella (Var) vaccine or history of chickenpox disease. Required for all children 11-18 years of age who are changing school districts or who are enrolled in 7th grade: One dose of meningococcal (MCV4 or MPSV4) vaccine, one dose of tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine (if 5 years have passed since last dose of tetanus/diphtheria vaccine - DTaP, Td or DT).
There are many resources available to you at www.MCIR.org or call the Region 5 MCIR Help Desk at 1-888-217-3904 or the State MCIR Help Desk at 888-243-6652. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to also call your local health department.
Parents and other caregivers of children from preschool through grade 12 are invited to provide feedback on Michigan’s new, online “transparency dashboard” designed to show the performance of every public school in Michigan, including public school academies. The dashboardis currently under development by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). It is expected to be made available to the public by early 2018. The new dashboard will report on more than 20 different factors—or measures—that parents and other stakeholders have said are important to them when evaluating the quality of a school. The survey allows participants to view components of the new dashboard, then answer questions about the way information is presented, the usefulness of certain features, and viewers’ unique interests. The Michigan Department of Education will use survey feedback to help shape the current and future versions of the dashboard so that it is helpful to parents in every community.
Click the link below (or type the survey URL into your web browser) to access the online survey: surveymonkey.com/r/MDEESSA_