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Academic First Initiative for Coldwater Schools discussed by school board


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB)- Coldwater School District officials say they have been hard at work for the past two years to turnaround and improve curriculum, test scores, and graduation rates. They say the effort is gaining momentum and now to kick it into high gear, it’s got a name…”Academic First Initiative”. The detailed plans of what’s ahead in the coming months were given the once over for the first time last night at a special school board meeting.

Coldwater School Superintendent Dr. Tina Kerr told trustees they are basically starting over from square one, although they are seeing progress already with across the board higher MEAP scores, but she added that’s not enough. She also suggested that some radical, necessary changes are coming but in the end, the results will be well worth it.

Kerr acknowledged it’s easy to get caught up in traditional schooling methods but on the other hand, it takes a lot of courage to break out of that mold. Still, that is what they are now asking of administrators and teachers in the district and they have to understand that Coldwater school kids want and deserve more and that’s going to take hard, hard work.

And possibly in 2 or 3 years, Coldwater could be using a balanced school calendar, in other words, year round classes, which Kerr said are already underway at some of the buildings in the Holt School system as well as discussions trending that way in Kalamazoo. She calls the balanced school calendar a tremendous opportunity to build in recovery for the district to put Coldwater on the education map in Michigan