Community forums organized by Adrian Public Schools ended on Wednesday

ADRIAN — A vision for the long-term outlook for Adrian’s public schools is being brainstormed by new district superintendent Nate Parker. But he doesn’t do the job alone.

As part of his induction into the Superintendency, Parker traveled to the community and spoke with district parents and community members through a series of four community forums. The forums, Parker said, were designed to have an open dialogue between him and Adrian Public Schools voters, regarding “the hopes and dreams you have for your children, and how Adrian Public Schools can partner with you to make these aspirations a reality. ”

The forums — three of which were in-person, one of which was a virtual event — began April 12 at Michener Elementary School and ended Wednesday night, with an offer at the Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee clubhouse to Adrian. Lots of positive feedback and good ideas came out of the forums, Parker said.

“I think people certainly see a lot of positive things happening at Adrian Public Schools, but as parents and community members, I think they also provide a lot of good feedback and a lot of good input and good ideas,” he said. “There are certainly things to bring back to our team and to think about and reflect on how we can improve.

“Overall, it’s nice to hear parents say they think their children are well taken care of by the schools. This outside perspective is always important.

A community forum at Adrian High School offered Monday was the most attended of the four forums, Parker said. The forums were held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., except for the virtual option, which was held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on April 14.

But the conversations with the public don’t stop there.

While it may be some time before Parker hosts more community forums, the District Parent Advisory Group will continue to reach out to the public for feedback on what is working at APS and what might be improved.

The “come dream with us” aspect of the forums, Parker said, will help lay the foundation for Adrian Public Schools as it moves into the future.

“That’s what we’re going to do,” he said. “A lot of great things are happening, but we’re always looking to take it to the next level and do everything we can to have an outstanding school district and do great things for the kids in Adrian’s community.”

A list of nine questions and topics for dialogue was presented to the audience at each forum by Parker. The questions ranged from “What are your hopes and dreams for your child, and what do you need schools to do to help you help your child achieve those dreams?” to “What is your biggest challenge right now regarding your child’s education?”

The COVID-19 pandemic was discussed throughout the forums, as were the district’s offerings in education, athletics, and the arts.

All responses and responses are forwarded to members of the District Leadership Team, who will discuss these needs for improvement – ​​both short and long term.

Karri Butler, a former student of Adrian High School with the Class of 1989, currently has twins at Springbrook Middle School. She was present at the community forum at the Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee and praised the district for its significant number of student offerings, referring to the district’s Advanced Placement Classes, its International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and its arts and athletics.

“I absolutely applaud Adrian for what they offer the kids here,” she said. “I am very happy with (my children) here.”

From graduating more than 30 years ago to visiting her children at her alma mater’s school, Butler said she’s seen changes at school — both good and bad — but has said she’s known the district was heading in the right direction for some time. .

“I think the opportunities here blow any other district out of the water. I feel like we have great opportunities here,” she said.

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