Economic development has required foundation stones for its success. One of those stones is quality education in the entire community. Battle Creek has four school districts fighting each other (school of choice) for a declining student population. Why? Surely we can do better as one than as four. When will government acknowledge the need to do a better job of educational management and structure in our financially challenging environment? (Full question.)
School superintendents work to create a high-quality educational experience in the district they are hired to represent. Conversations about cross-community structure that lead to different tax base configurations are political discussions that should come from community conversations, and be decided by the citizens in each individual district.
The city does not have oversight or provide financial support to schools, so our role is as a partner at the table to support efforts around sound educational management and structure.