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DashBoard, Oct. 7, 2015

The MASB Annual Leadership Conference offers more than content-rich Early Bird Workshops, General Session speakers, clinic sessions and Board Member Certification (CBA) classes. In addition to the extensive education opportunities and sharing ideas, best practices and experiences with peers from around the state, dozens of companies gather in one place to showcase the very best in school products and services. Whether you’re building a new school, adding new technology, or outsourcing transportation or food services now or in the future, this is the place to be.

By Michael Rochholz and Cheryl Huffman

On Thursday evening prior to the official start of MASB’s Annual Leadership Conference, the hallway outside the location’s largest ballroom is buzzing with activity as school board members from almost every district around the state check in. They are there to represent their district at the Delegate Assembly, which establishes policy and rules for the Association through resolutions and bylaws. These are used to provide direction to MASB, its officers and committees throughout the year.

The 20 recipients of the 2015 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight Project-Based Learning at the International Technology Academy in the Pontiac School District.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board successfully defended its policies that prohibit individuals from possessing a firearm on school property. The policies, which were adopted earlier this year, were challenged by Michigan Gun Owners, Inc. (“Plaintiffs”), who sought a court order to prevent AAPS from enforcing the policies against individuals who possess a Concealed Pistol License and openly carry a firearm on school property.

Consumers Energy believes there’s genius inside all of us. That’s why they launched the Generation Genius Project earlier this year. The educational initiative, designed to inspire a passion for science, technology, engineering and math highlighted the company’s support for FIRST in Michigan robotics competitions across the state.


VIP Focus articles are company-sponsored advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of MASB. It’s intended to provide Very Important Partners with a space to share information of value to you and your district.

DashBoard, Oct. 14, 2015

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported a bill that effectively eliminates gun-free zones. While open carry would no longer be allowed, individuals with concealed pistol licenses would be able to take concealed firearms into buildings currently designated gun-free.

Nothing seems to confuse school boards or confound superintendents quite like the Open Meetings Act. Recently, MASB’s Legal department has been fielding more and more calls regarding OMA compliance, especially from community members who are often attempting to report what they believe to be an OMA violation by their local school board (community members often hold the mistaken belief that MASB is an enforcement agency).

The 20 recipients of the 2015 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight Cougar University at Central Middle School in the Port Huron Area School District.

In the Feb. 18, 2015 DashBoard we discussed what to do when you know your district has facility needs. In this month’s edition we discuss details about the facility planning process and what to consider at each phase of the process.


VIP Focus articles are company-sponsored advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of MASB. It’s intended to provide Very Important Partners with a space to share information of value to you and your district.

DashBoard, Oct. 21, 2015

The 20 recipients of the 2015 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight SACE Cares Community Garden at Asher School in Southgate Community Schools.

This week, Senate Bill 103, which would establish a teacher and administrator evaluation system, was finally sent to the Governor for his consideration and approval.

During the 2015 graduation season, Grand Rapids Building Services chose to recognize students who have overcome significant personal struggles by donating $40,000 toward their future education.

"We felt it was important to support each community we service, and our scholarship program emerged as a way to align our company's core value of perseverance with students who have demonstrated perseverance in their youth," shared Karin Wysocki, owner of GRBS, a Michigan-based custodial cleaning company celebrating 100 years of service this year.


VIP Focus articles are company-sponsored advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of MASB. It’s intended to provide Very Important Partners with a space to share information of value to you and your district.

DashBoard, Oct. 28, 2015

From clinic sessions to Board Member Certification (CBA) classes to General Session speakers and an Early Bird Workshop, there was a lot of information to take in over the course of the 2015 MASB Annual Leadership Conference, Oct. 22 – 25, at the Grand Traverse Resort.

While the conference is over, a number of follow-up activities are still underway. Check out a video meeting summary, as well as updates on handouts, photos and evaluations.

The 20 recipients of the 2015 MASB/SET SEG Foundation Education Excellence Awards are some of the greatest examples of unique and innovative public school programs in the state of Michigan. Over the next few months, MASB will share the details of each program from their applications, presented in alphabetical order by district. This week we highlight Reading Beyond the Page at Swan Valley High in the Swan Valley School District. This program received special recognition as the Innovator of the Year for having the highest overall score.

Michigan has reset the bar on learning with the release of the rigorous M-STEP statewide student assessment results taken last spring. “With this all-new and more rigorous test, we expected statewide student scores to be lower than what we’d seen with the old MEAP tests,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “While the overall scores on this new test are low, they aren’t as low as we first thought they could be."

It was a full house for the Delegate Assembly held Thursday, Oct. 22, during MASB’s Annual Leadership Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort. As a member-driven organization, MASB delegates, selected by school boards, have an important voice in shaping resolutions and, therefore, the direction of our Association. This once-a-year event allows MASB’s members to consider, debate and adopt resolutions that affect public education and Michigan’s schools.