GH schools staff prepares for next year’s reconfiguration

Progress is chugging along in preparation for the Grand Haven Area Public Schools reconfiguration next year, according to Scott Grimes, the district's assistant superintendent of human services.
Kyle Moroney
Apr 17, 2012

“We’re full-steam ahead,” he told the Grand Haven school board during its meeting on Monday. “We have a lot of work taking place right now.”

Grimes explained that a majority of the focus right now is transitioning at the middle school level, where White Pines Middle School will become the grades 5-6 building and Lakeshore Middle School the grades 7-8 building. There are transition committees at each of those buildings working on coordinating student visits, student orientations, creating student and staff handbooks, curriculum, logistical concerns, and athletics.

“Just about everything that we need to have covered has some type of a committee working right now to make sure it’s a smooth process between now and the opening of school next year,” Grimes said Monday.

Detailed information about the reconfiguration and all-day kindergarten and Young Fives programs can be found in the district’s April publication of “Spotlight.” This month’s issue explains the reconfiguration process, the differences between kindergarten and Young Fives, introduces the middle school principals, and outlines student transition activities for each of those schools.

The newsletter also details the staggered start times for each of the district’s buildings this coming fall. Right now, Lakeshore Middle School and Grand Haven High School are scheduled to begin at 7:40 a.m., Central High School at 7:55 a.m.; Ferry, Griffin, Mary A. White and Peach Plains elementary schools will start at 8:40 a.m.; and Lake Hills and Rosy Mound elementary schools, and White Pines Middle School will start at 8:45 a.m.

Extra copies of the publication can be found in each of the district’s buildings, as well as online at www.ghaps.org.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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