Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Hornung Elementary Principal Susan Johnson, Maltby Assistant Principal Jeff Eisele
and Brighton Community Education Director Anne Renne are the three staff reductions that will go into effect at the end of the school year.
The filling of three administrative staffing positions at Brighton Area Schools for the 2013-2014 school year were announced in Superintendent Greg Gray’s Friday letter to the community. On April 29, the Board of Education met to discuss the approval of the three staff reductions which were in accordance with the district's deficit elimination plan Replacing current Hornung Elementary principal, Susan Johnson, will be Jack Yates. According to Gray’s letter, Yates, the current grade 11 principal at Brighton High School, has been with Brighton Area Schools since he was 19-years-old and has extensive elementary principal experience. Gray will be assisting at the high school, filling in "the void," however, Gavin Johnson will remain the …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Applications are available on the district website for the 2013-2014 school year.
The Brighton Area Schools will have openings to Schools of Choice Program for the 2013/2014 school year. There are unlimited openings in Kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9 - 12. There are limited grade 5 (1 seat) and grade 6 (1 seat) openings. Schools of Choice applications can be obtained at Central Office at BECC, 125 South Church Street (M-F 8am 4:30pm). Applications are also available on the districts's web site www.brightonk12.com. Questions about the program may be directed to the superintendent's office at (810) 299-4040. Information provided in press release.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
As the temperature starts to rise, students are reminded to dress appropriately for school.
Tuesday, April 30
As temperatures climb this week, students need to remember to keep their wardrobes "cool" to avoid breaking public school dress codes. It might be a good time to review the dress code with your student (and avoid getting a phone call to bring a change of clothes. Here's what not to wear to Brighton public schools, according to the district's dress code: Brighton Area Schools
Saturday, April 27, 2013
With a "Hooray for Dr. Gray" sign displayed in front of the Brighton Administration building, the community says "thanks for staying."
Support and thanks for Brighton Area School's Superintendent Greg Gray's decision to remain in Brighton was represented with signs and balloons on Friday. The news came on Monday, a week after Gray announced he was a finalist for the superintendent position for the Portage Public School District. On Friday, community members had tied balloons to a light pole outside the Brighton Schools administration building and a large sign reading "Hooray for Dr. Gray, Thanks for Staying" stood outside the parking lot entrance. Support for Gray's decision to remain in Brighton was also seen on the Brighton Patch Facebook page on Monday night after news spread of his decision to not leave the district. "Thrilled," Gina Russell Henig wrote on the …
Friday, April 26, 2013
A special meeting for Brighton Area Schools Board of Education will take place at 7 p.m. on April 29.
Brighton Area Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting on April 29 to recommend the approval of three staff reductions. According the the school board agenda, in accordance with the district's deficit elimination plan, Central Administration is recommending the elimination of three administrators, but are not performance related. Layoff notices have already gone out to the three administrators being considered: The layoffs will save $312,279, according to a previous report. Earlier this week, the Michigan Department of Education rejected Brighton School's revised deficit-elimination plan, according to the Press and Argus. A meeting between school and state officials has been scheduled for May 2. The special school board …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Superintendent Greg Gray was not present during the special meeting due to an interview with Portage Public Schools, however, there has been no decision made if he will leave the district.
It was a night of stark emotion during Thursday night’s special Board of Education meeting, filled with accusations and questions from staff, parents and students following Monday’s announcement of Superintendent Greg Gray’s possible departure from Brighton Area Schools. “The reason people leave is not money,” said Arnella Park, a Brighton High School teacher. “The number one reason is conflict with other employees or other people you work with and that’s the reason he’s leaving. Every one of you know that. You made it impossible for him to work with you.” Gray was not present at the meeting due to an interview with the Portage School District, however, there is still no decision on whether or not he will leave Brighton. During the public…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
If the school board offers Greg Gray more money to keep his position, he says he won't take it.
A special school board meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening after Brighton Area Schools Superintendant Greg Gray announced he was a finalist for the superintendent position for the Portage Public School District. But even if the board offers Gray more money to stay on, he says he won't take it. “Morally, I could not look myself in the mirror if I took a big pay raise,” Gray told the Press & Argus. He said in the article that it wouldn't be right after many employees have taken pay cuts. In March of 2012, Board of Education members unanimously voted to extend Gray's five year contract another year, effective through June 30, 2017, after a glowing evaluation of his performances in the district. The contract, however, did not include any…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Brighton Superintendant Greg Gray announced on Monday he was a finalist for the superintendent position for the Portage Public School District.
A special school board meeting will be held on Thursday after Brighton Area Schools Superintendant Greg Gray announced he was a finalist for the superintendent position for the Portage Public School District. According to the Press & Argus, Gray made the announcement to the school board on Monday evening. In March of 2012, Board of Education members unanimously voted to extend Gray's five year contract another year, effective through June 30, 2017, after a glowing evaluation of his performances in the district. The contract, however, did not include any financial changes and Gray’s $135,000 salary was to remain the same. In September of 2011, Gray had taken a 7 percent pay cut which reduced his pay from $145,000 to $135,000, according to a…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A number of different technologies are being piloted in the district before large-scale purchases are made.
There has been a general air of excitement around Brighton Area Schools for the last few weeks as students and staff members see shiny new Macbooks, iPads, iPods, Chromebooks and other new technologies coming into classrooms. These are just a few examples of many devices being tested in the district during pilot projects before any large scale purchases are made, according to Director of Technology Elson Liu. "I think what we're finding out is that there's going to be a place for all of the different types of technologies," Liu said."Talking to our committee, I don't think we're going to become an all iPad school or an all something school. I think what we want to do is have a different mix of tools available for different classrooms for…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The layoffs are effective beginning April 8.
Students at Brighton Area Schools are not impressed with the new federal requirements to increase nutritional values and reduce sodium and saturated fat levels in school meals, the numbers prove it. The Board of Education voted earlier this week to layoff three student nutrition employees from the food service department based on revenue and student needs. As of the end of February, sales of lunch meals at Brighton high School were down 17 percent from the same time last year, according to Richard Browder, the director of student nutrition. However, Elementary sales have not declined as much, he said. The new guidelines, set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, went into effect at the beginning of the school year and separate school …