GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRPS) — GRPS is quickly moving to the next phase of the ‘Reimagine GRPS with Us!’ plan following the historic voter support of the district’s bond in Tuesday night’s election.
Over the next several days GRPS Superintendent Dr. Leadriane Roby and her leadership team will finalize a recommendation to the Grand Rapids Board of Education on changes to the district’s facilities layout that streamline resources to better serve children.
The recommendation will utilize feedback obtained over the last two years from the community including GRPS scholars, teachers and staff, and district partners.
“We’ve spent a lot of time brainstorming, researching, and discussing plans for the future of the Grand Rapids Public Schools with an eye toward equity, scholar success, and growth,” Dr. Roby said. “We’re excited to finish the process of developing these recommendations and bringing this work forward to the community for further engagement.”
Here’s what the timeline is expected to look like for the near future:
November 13: GRPS leadership presents recommendations at the Board of Education work session which will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin Campus Auditorium
November 14: All-staff forum
November 15: Superintendent’s Scholar Advisory Council discusses recommendations
November 20: GR Board of Education receives feedback on the plan at its regular 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting at the Franklin Campus Auditorium
November 27: All-virtual Scholar / Community feedback session at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM.
November 28: Northeast side Scholar / Community Feedback Session at 6:30 p.m. at the City High Middle School Auditorium.
December 4: GR Board of Education receives feedback on the plan at its regular 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting at the Franklin Campus Auditorium.
December 5: Southeast side Scholar / Community Feedback Session at 6:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Hills High School Auditorium.
December 6: Southwest side Scholar / Community Feedback Session at 6:30 p.m. at the Burton Middle School Auditorium (Spanish led meeting available).
December 7: Northwest side Scholar / Community Feedback Session at 6:30 p.m. at the Union High School gym.
December 11: GR Board of Education work session to focus on reviewing community feedback at 5:30 p.m. at the Franklin Campus Auditorium.
December 18: Board of Education expected to vote on facilities realignment plan at its regular 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Franklin Campus Auditorium.
This timeline is the district’s best thinking on how this process will move forward. Changes to the schedule may occur if deemed necessary by district leaders or the Board of Education.