At its regular meeting on Monday, February 20, the Kalamazoo City Commission adopted pdf Resolution 17-3 (421 KB) , "in support of keeping open Washington Writers' Academy and the Woodward School for Technology and Research".
The two elementary schools were recently among 38 Michigan schools identified as low performing by the State School Reform Office (SRO). The SRO has the authority to close schools that remain on the list for three years.
Resolution 17-3 notes the strong support showed within the community to keep these two schools open, and also notes recent improvement grants that have been received, renovations of the two facilities, and a history of improvement within Kalamazoo Public Schools. Three schools previously included on the priority list were removed this year, and a recent report by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and Kalamazoo Public Schools data both show improvements in student achievement.
You can read the resolution and a letter from Mayor Hopewell to the School Reform Office pdf here (421 KB) .