Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How are we doing?

In these days of accountability, numbers such as test scores, daily attendance, school rankings, grade level reading proficiencies and drop out rates measure student performance and offer a picture of a school. Yet, it is obvious that those numbers only tell part of the story; a school district is much more than a number.  To me, the real test of how our school district is doing goes well beyond the numbers and quantitative data that we normally collect. I found a much better way to assess our district...take a look!    

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Capital Improvement Projects 2011

Last spring, the Board authorized the expenditure of $700,000 for a number of priority 1 capital improvement projects. The following projects have been completed this summer and the total cost of the projects was $688.817.
Carpenter Roof repairs
CERC Added wheel chair lift
CERC Covered steel poles in main entrance
HS Entrance upgraded to improve security
HS Roof repairs and vertical caulking 
HS Gym curtain replaced  
HS Window coverings replaced
HS Refinished Gym floor- complete sanding and painting of lines
HS Repaired stairway to baseball fields near CERC
HS Repaired sidewalks heaving and crumbling
HS Tennis Court re-surfaced
Old Trans Renovated building to be used for District storage
Paint Creek Roof repaired
Pine Tree New lunch tables  
Pine Tree Roof leaks repaired
Scripps Several roof leaks in the main gym repaired
Stadium Roof repaired
Waldon New exhaust for the kiln 
Webber Roof repairs and gutter guards
Webber Addition of stairs from lower lot to upper lot
Orion Oaks Flat roof repairs 
Orion Oaks Replaced AC- Chiller 
District Concrete work at various areas around the district
Paint Creek Repaired drop off into lower field at concrete steps
Paint Creek Added crosswalk and appropriate signage for pedestrians

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mandatory Schools of Choice Legislation is on a fast track. Contact your legislators!

Below is a letter I sent to our legislative representatives, Jim Marleau and Brad Jacobsen. 

Dear Jim and Brad,

I strongly urge you, as our representatives in the legislative arena, to advocate for the Lake Orion Community by opposing the mandatory Schools of Choice legislation that appears to be on a very fast track. (|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s)   

In my recent Blog post ( results from a community poll strongly indicate that our community opposes the loss of local control over these kinds of important decisions that impact our schools. Lake Orion has been a district that believes in "Lake Orion Schools for Lake Orion Students."  Our district currently enjoys intra-district choice with options for our students where parents can select to have their children attend Focus schools that are not necessarily in their own neighborhood.  However, this is a decision made by OUR community; not one mandated by the legislature.

Additionally, I want to share with you my own personal perspective regarding open enrollment/schools of choice.  As I interpret the Governor's Education Reform Message, it appears the impetus for this is that we have a number of schools/districts that are not providing quality educational programs for their children.   Opening up school boundaries is not a solution for failing schools/districts. It may provide SOME select children the opportunity to get out of their failing district but it does not, and will not, offer this same opportunity to so many children whose families cannot provide them with transportation to another district and/or are not invested enough in their children's education to even take the time to enroll their children in another district.  

With all due respect, the legislature's approach in this regard is flawed. You are coming up with the wrong solution to a problem.  I ask you to work with the educational community to focus on what the real problem is (failing schools) and come up with the right solution which is not open enrollment/schools of choice.


Marion Ginopolis
Superintendent, Lake Orion Community Schools


Saturday, August 20, 2011

No divided loyalties for me!

As we approach the first football game of the season on Friday, August 26 against Oxford, I want to set the record straight.  Just because I once was a Wildcat doesn’t mean my Lake Orion loyalty, spirit and enthusiasm are in any way divided.
I am a Dragon through and through!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

New Site for Michigan Education Data

The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), and intermediate school districts, recently completed the first development phase of a new education information website called MI School Data.

The launch of this site on August 15 is poised to become the home to all state-level education data covering preschool through postsecondary education. Some of the information in this first release includes state assessment results, the Annual Education Report which contains Adequate Yearly Progress, student counts, School Report Cards, and various measurements at school and district levels stemming from the Michigan Education Dashboard.

The Michigan Education Dashboard metrics provided in MI School Data include several of the data elements necessary to meet the education dashboard best practices that schools must make publicly available to qualify for incentive funding under the State School Aid Act.

“We are pleased to provide citizens and school officials with this new site,” said Thomas Howell, Director of CEPI, an office within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. “This provides an effective and easy way to obtain important education information.”

“This offers users the opportunity to review data crucial to the improvement of our schools and critical to improving the education of the children of Michigan,” said Joseph Martineau, Executive Director of MDE’s Bureau of Assessment and Accountability. “This gives a new location for comprehensive information on local schools and where they are in meeting the instructional needs of their students.”

CEPI is already preparing for the next MI School Data release planned for late September. The second release will include high school graduation rates, non-resident enrollment data, college readiness indicators, ACT results, principal effectiveness measures and postsecondary enrollment and persistence rates for public high schools.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011


It has been brought to my attention by a fellow blogger that we are not doing a very good job of communicating information about the dates of important district meetings and events. Knowing that this opinion may be shared by others, we will make a concerted effort to do a better job of informing the community of upcoming events and Board meetings.

While Board meeting dates, agendas and minutes are posted on the District Website, we will begin to also use the School Messenger service to alert subscribers of these important meetings so they have the opportunity to participate/attend.

For those who may not already subscribe to School Messenger, click this link to sign up.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Carpenter - Back to School!

Students at Carpenter Year Round Elementary School enthusiastically started back to school on Tuesday, August 2.

Parents take pictures of their children to capture the first day of school!
First bus ride of the year.

Principal Kerri Anderson greets parents and students