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Highlights from the November 2022 DPSCD Board of Education Meeting

The Board President led a moment of silence for a solemn tribute to the late Tyrone E. Winfrey Sr. during the November Regular Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Mr. Winfrey’s legacy as a staunch advocate, public servant, and supporter of Detroit Public Schools Community (DPSCD) and its children will be remembered through a scholarship. Please visit the link for more information.

The Board and Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti also paid tribute to the dedicated service of outgoing member Georgia Lemmons, who was an original board member when an elected board was returned to DPSCD following years of state emergency management in 2017. 

During the Superintendent’s and Board recognitions, the Core Values of Students First and Tenacity were elevated through the efforts of DPSCD’s Bates Academy Art Educator Illya Tolbert. Mr. Tolbert was awarded the 2022 Michigan Art Education Association’s Art Educator of the Year and seven staff employees were recognized for Tenacity. They collectively attended 22 events and volunteered for 184 hours – which is 30% of the total hours completed by Ambassadors this summer.  

Sharene Nathan and Keisha Mickens - Office of Exceptional Student Education  

Amanda Murray - Office of Information and Technology  

Carlotta Taylor and Mark McClain – Greenfield Union Elementary Middle School 

Debra Bulock – Denby High School  

LaVashia Mundy – Office of Enrollment 

In separate actions, the Board voted on the renaming of East English Village Preparatory Academy (EEVP) to East English Village Preparatory Academy at Finney as a compromise to satisfy the student and family, alumni, and community survey indicators. In addition, the Board approved the renaming of Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine to Crockett Midtown High School of Science and Medicine. The action resurrects the revered Crockett name to a DPSCD school building and recognizes the legacy of Dr. Ethelene Crockett, the first African American woman to become board certified in obstetrics and gynecology medicine.  

Superintendent’s Report: 

As part of Dr. Vitti’s monthly metrics update, Dr. Vitti said average daily student attendance at DPSCD schools continues to be 8% higher at this point in the school year as compared to SY 2021-22. He also reminded the community of DPSCD’s comprehensive safety practices around the district’s stance on the recent barrage of threats. 

Noting that all threats are thoroughly investigated and carefully analyzed to determine appropriate actions, including punishment of offenders, Dr. Vitti urged parents to be active in supervising their children’s activities on social media and with their mobile devices. “Parents have to monitor social media and the phone,” he said succinctly to the community.  

As a call to action, on behalf of the entire Board, President Angelique Peterson-Mayberry shared with the community that resumes are being accepted for community members interested in serving on the Detroit Public Library Commission. Candidates are encouraged to contact Board of Education Secretary Vania Moore (vania.moore@detroitk12.org) by the November 30th deadline.  

The next Regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at Western International High School from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.