Marlette Community Schools has achieved much in the past two years. Here are some highlights of our most recent accomplishments.
GSRP Program Comes to the District
In 2015-16, the District added Great Start Readiness Pre-School (GSRP) to the Pre-School options in Marlette, while still maintaining a quality pay program. The GSRP and Marlette’s Pre-School staff collaborate to prepare our children for Kindergarten. Kindergarten readiness scores rose from 34% of students ready for Kindergarten to 66% of students prepared for the Kindergarten curriculum.
Red Raider Care Opens
In the fall of 2016, Red Raider Care opened for the first time at Marlette Elementary School. Quality, licensed child care is available for Pre-School through 6th Grade students from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This program has been convenient and appreciated by parents and community members.
Positive Financial Outlook
The District is fiscally sound and fiscally responsible. The District’s fund balance has increased from 3% to 12% by the end of the 2015-16 school year. The fund balance is expected to increase again at the end of the 2016-17 school year. In addition to reaching a healthy fund balance and maintaining a balanced budget, the District has also initiated a Capital Project Fund, which currently has $100,000 in it to be used for repairs and renovations in the District, such as new football stadium bleachers or unexpected repairs to the buildings. The District has purchased five new busses over the past three years and will purchase one more this school year. The intent is to purchase a new bus annually, so we can keep the fleet current and our students safe for years to come.
Concurrent Enrollment Courses Offered
Concurrent enrollment courses in Math, English and Careers, through a partnership with Ferris State University (FSU), have been added to our high school course selections. This has resulted in over 100 students earning Ferris State University college credits. Highly qualified Marlette teachers have become adjunct professors for Ferris State University and are teaching with FSU course syllabi. At the same time, the District continues to offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses in History and the Sciences. Dual Enrollment options continue to exist through Delta College and St. Clair County Community College. Marlette Jr/Sr High School students have been notified that they will be entering college as sophomores with the credits earned while in high school, saving their families thousands of dollars.
Community partnerships have grown over the past two years, as well. Through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and the generous donations of community members, elementary school students can take a backpack full of food home each weekend. The backpacks are packed and distributed by volunteers on a weekly basis. The District has also partnered with the City of Marlette on the Safe Routes to Schools Grant. The community may receive up to $600,000 to improve sidewalks and routes to school for students. Most recently, the District is initiating collaboration with the city to bring a Work Camp to Marlette during the summer of 2019. The community will identify houses in need of repair and the Work Camp volunteers will complete projects identified.