Report highlights open houses, bond projects at WLCS

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 15, 2017

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WALLED LAKE — “Every child, every day” was the motto of the 2016-17 school year at the Walled Lake Consolidated School District, according to the district’s annual report, released Oct. 5.

The district releases an annual report as a way to give faculty, staff and district families an overall look at the work that went into reaching the goals and creating a healthy community, officials said. 

“We’re very pleased with the success we had last year,” said Superintendent Kenneth Gutman. “We know we have the staff and administration committed to doing great things for children, and we know we can always keep working to get better.”

One of the highlights of the year was the districtwide open houses that were implemented at all 19 schools in the district. 

“We recognized that we need to share more information with our community with what our schools offer,” said Gutman. “It was part of an understanding of the climate we’re in. With lower birth rates, schools are losing student populations. This gives us an opportunity to retain the people who live within the district.”

Every school opened its doors to community members, students and parents in large numbers, said Gutman, and will continue to do so every school year. 

During the last school year, the school district completed the third phase of its safety, security and technology bond projects, which included enhanced entrances and security systems installed at Glengary, Walled Lake and Wixom elementary schools; Sarah Banks and Walnut Creek middle schools; and Walled Lake Western High School.

The projects included the installation of Safari Montage, an educational resource for teachers to use in their classrooms.

“Safari Montage … puts infinite learning resources and tools at the fingertips of our teachers,” said Judy Evola, director of community relations and marketing for the school district. “Mostly, it allows for hands-on learning with children, bringing to life the learning experience.”

The projects also included instructional technology for teachers and other classroom resources, said Gutman.

The district collaborated on the 25th Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair to help district parents and staff best serve the children in the district. 

During the last school year, the district launched its new athletic league, the Lakes Valley Conference, with three other local school districts, comprising nine high schools and 11 middle schools. 

At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the school district implemented AdvancED’s new Continuous Improvement System to empower education institutions to take ownership of their own improvement journey.

“We continue to strive to be the best school district (we can be),” said Gutman. “The goal is to get better every single day in a focused way.”