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Superintendent's Desk

Parchment Schools Superintendent Matt Miller

May 2018

Spring has finally arrived - sunshine and warmth! Spring sports have had many cancellations due to the unseasonably cold/snowy/wet weather throughout April. They have been rescheduled as best as possible. Of note, we have very large participation numbers - 183 student athletes! That is a testament to the efforts of many including coaches and other staff members encouraging our students to be student athletes. Student athletes generally perform better academically than those who do not participate. At our April Board of Education meeting, many of our student athletes were recognized for Academic All-State honors. Our Volleyball team earned the honor with a cumulative GPA of 3.9! Our Football team earned the honor with a 3.61 cumulative GPA! Congratulations to the student athletes, coaches and teachers for their hard work! Several individual student athletes earned the honor as well.

I'm sure many of you have read about, or heard about, a recently published educational adequacy study completed by the School Finance Research Collaborative. The collaborative is a statewide, diverse and bipartisan group of business leaders and educational leaders. Funding for the study came from the W.K. Kellogg, Charles Stewart Mott and Skillman foundations, as well as other nonprofits and associations. Additional funding came from 32 ISDs across Michigan. The study, in my opinion, is critical in framing the true costs of educating all children in Michigan. Even though the Parchment School District generally outperforms like districts in the state, there is still room for improvement as always.
Below is information regarding the study taken from the fundmischools.org website. Please visit the website for more information about the study and advocacy initiatives underway.

What is an Adequacy Study and why is it important?

What were the report's key findings?

Current funding for the Parchment School District, and the majority of other districts around the state, is $7,631 per pupil with additional funds for at-risk students and special education students ?far less than the study concludes is adequate. I would encourage anyone interested to visit the website and become involved in the advocacy efforts currently underway.

Thank you for your continued support of the Parchment School District!

Yours in Education,
Matthew J. Miller,
Superintendent