Monday, September 17, 2012
Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin invites the public to share questions and concerns regarding the school district on Oct. 3.
Do you have questions about your school district? “Last spring, I delivered a State of the Schools address,” said Lewis-Lakin. “Now, I would like to meet with the community for a dialogue about our schools. I look forward to answering questions, hearing people’s hopes, and listening to their concerns.” Members of the community are invited to join Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin from 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 3 for an informal forum at the district’s administrative offices. “There are many challenges and opportunities on the horizon for our schools and I welcome the opportunity for an open conversation with parents and community members,” he said.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Investment in the building will provide an environment supportive of continued student success, according to Shawn Lewis-Lakin, superintendent of schools.
The students and staff at Oakland Elementary School in Royal Oak will enjoy significant building improvements when they return to school in September. Second shift work started at the school in May. Beginning June 18, contractors have been on site daily. Mechanical and electrical system upgrades are the primary focus of the work being completed. The scope of the project includes a new boiler system and new ventilation systems including air conditioning. This is supported by a new electrical service to the school that will provide the necessary power for this upgrade as well as future technology upgrades. Additional work being completed includes brickwork repair on the exterior of the building, the addition of doors to three classrooms …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Did you miss the address on April 26? The superintendent's presentation is available for viewing online.
If you missed Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin's State of the Schools address at Royal Oak Middle School on April 26, you can now watch it online. In his address, the superintendent discussed the district's MEAP scores, Michigan Merit Examination (MME) scores, high school AP test scores, initiatives to improve student learning, the budget, and collaboration with the city of Royal Oak and Oakland Schools. The superintendent's presentation is also attached as a PDF and may be viewed on WOAK on the following days and times: Wednesday: 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday: 2 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 4:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday: 2 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 4:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday: 2 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 4:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Correction: …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Did you miss the State of the Schools address on Thursday? The superintendent's presentation is available online.
If you missed Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin's State of the Schools address on Thursday at Royal Oak Middle School, you can view the contents of his PowerPoint presentation online in the PDF file attached to this article. In his address, the superintendent discussed the district's MEAP scores, Michigan Merit Examination (MME) scores, high school AP test scores, and initiatives to improve student learning and collaborate with the City of Royal Oak and Oakland Schools. When viewed through student learning data, Royal Oak Schools are doing well, according to the superintendent, who said: Lewis-Lakin presented multiple graphs to show how the district is doing financially. Budgets, audits, contracts – even monthly check registers – are posted…
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Shawn Lewis-Lakin is expected to talk about Royal Oak Schools' mission and accomplishments over the past year.
Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin will reflect on the past year and share what's in store for Royal Oak Schools this coming year at the first State of the Schools address tonight. Lewis‐Lakin will present an overview of Royal Oak Schools and provide answers to critical questions, such as: "I am looking forward to this opportunity to celebrate our successes, discuss our challenges, and explore with community members how we can work together to truly be a community of excellence," Lewis-Lakin said. Where: Royal Oak Middle School’s Gathering Place When: Thursday at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Among the three current proposed school aid budgets, the Senate proposal would have the greatest negative impact on Royal Oak, according to the superintendent.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
“Schools See Funding Increase,” the headline astonished me. Currently, there are three State School Aid Fund budget proposals for next year: one from the governor, one from the Senate, and one from the House. None of them provide more net funding for student learning. Each proposal purports to provide “additional funding,” yet none of the proposals come close to restoring this year’s $470 per pupil funding cut, which resulted in a loss of $2.5 million in revenue for our Royal Oak Schools. None of the proposals provide funding to offset increased retirement and kindergarten costs, both of which are the direct result of legislative action in Lansing. None of the proposals establish students and education as a priority for our state. Each …
Sunday, January 8, 2012
It's time to salute the work of our volunteer school board and to celebrate public education.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
By Shawn Lewis-Lakin January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to salute the work of our volunteer school board and to celebrate public education. Our board of education, and the hundreds like it across the state, preserve the core of our democracy — public education. As publicly elected members of our community, they represent our community’s values, culture and circumstances. The role of the school board is to articulate the district's vision, mission and goals and to develop policies to achieve them. The Board encourages continuous improvement in student learning and advocates at the local, state, and federal levels in support of public education. Most critically, the school board makes decisions which affect our children: what …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Royal Oak High School students and families ask questions about the investigation of the student activities fund, principal Michael Greening's leave and his replacement Tuesday night.
Before Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin introduced Royal Oak High School’s new interim principal to parents, he spoke to the situation that brought several dozen parents and a few students to the school’s media center on a cold Tuesday night. “Frankly, I want to make sure you hear from me on the information the district is able to communicate,” Lewis-Lakin said in reference to Principal Michael Greening’s being placed on paid administrative leave due to possible financial irregularities in the school’s student activity fund. Specifically, the superintendent wanted to make clear Greening's leave is what he termed a “neutral status,” meaning it is nonprejudicial. Lewis-Lakin said he wanted to be clear there has not been a suspension, …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Former Birmingham schools administrator to serve as interim principal while the school district and police department investigate 'possibility of financial irregularities.'
Michael Greening, the principal of Royal Oak High School, has been placed on a paid administrative leave "due to the possibility of financial irregularities in student activities funds," according to a note sent from the district's superintendent Thursday morning. Jim Moll, who retired in June after working 38 years in the Birmingham Public Schools district, will serve as the interim principal, effective Tuesday, when school resumes after the Christmas break, Royal Oak Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said in his note to ROHS families. The school district become aware of information that led it to look at the student activities fund, which is comprised of money from the school's organizations and activities, Lewis-Lakin said. "The …
Friday, November 4, 2011
A look at Royal Oak students' recent MEAP and MME scores under the state's new 'cut scores' show a drop in the percentage deemed 'proficient.'
The Michigan Department of Education released what it calls a “retrospective look” at how students would have fared on past MEAP and MME exams if recently adopted scoring standards had been in place — and Royal Oak Schools' test scores showed the same decline in proficiency levels seen statewide. The new standards, adopted by the State Board of Education in September, changed state cut scores — the scores used by schools to determine whether a student is advanced, proficient, partially proficient or not proficient in certain subjects. Overall, the results released Thursday show there would have been a major decline in student test scores on the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) in math, …