Flint superintendent supports students harmed by lead-tainted water
Superintendent Bilal Tawwab of Flint Community Schools in Michigan has expanded staff to support students harmed by lead-tainted water.
Tawwab introduced meditation classes in order to calm students suffering from anxiety, and has focused on hiring additional social workers, school psychologists, speech pathologists and behavior specialists.
Students also receive free breakfast that includes lead-mitigating foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and receive hand wipes if they can’t wash up at home due to polluted water. During Tawwab’s two-year tenure, the district’s graduation rate, test scores and enrollment have improved.
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana became state-appointed administrator for Texas’ Inglewood USD in August. Meléndez comes to the district amid financial troubles, mismanagement and high leadership turnover. A priority for district leaders is to boost enrollment and academic performance.
She also plans to support new dual-language programs to keep students from leaving the district. Meléndez previously served in Los Angeles USD, and was superintendent of Pomona USD and Santa Ana USD.
In his first year, Superintendent Robert Manahan of Peninsula School District in Washington has increased staffing so more teachers can serve as instructional facilitators and instructional coaches to support developing new educators.
Manahan has also added two CTE programs for juniors and seniors.
The first, a pre-apprenticeship course, prepares students for construction, masonry, plumbing, electrical work and welding. The second, a teacher academy, allows students to shadow teachers in classrooms, design learning projects and earn paraeducator certification.
Kelli Bauman, principal of Longfellow Elementary in Ohio’s Fostoria City Schools district, is taking on an additional principal role at Riley Elementary, which serves pre-K through grade 2.
Bauman, who will split her time between the two schools this year, took on the extra position as part of the district’s effort to reorganize the administrative team and consolidate Fostoria’s three elementary school buildings.