A Statement from Superintendent Mr. Justin M. Jennings


Today at the statue of Charles H. Hackley on the Muskegon High School campus, graffiti with slurring racial comments was found painted on the statue. Upon the discovery of this disturbing image Muskegon staff alerted the authorities and then began work to immediately remove the graffiti. This type of racial discrimination and vandalism is prohibited in school district policy and will not be tolerated.

There are policies and procedures in place to deal with anyone in violation of school district policy or the law. We will keep our community, employees and the media updated as we learn more about this destructive incident. We believe in working to create a learning environment that provides the best for every child, every day. We do not tolerate “hate speech” or any behavior that threatens the well-being of our children.

We will be working with our staff and counselors to provide support for our students to provide comfort and to create a teaching moment to remind them that this type of behavior is neither welcome nor tolerated in our schools or our community. We will be holding a town-hall meeting in the near future to discuss this situation and to provide a forum to have a dialogue with the community.

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Muskegon Welcomes New Director of Academic Services District

Muskegon Welcomes New Director of Academic Services

Muskegon Welcomes New Director of Academic Services

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jennifer Hammond to the Muskegon Public School District as the Director of Academic Services. Jennifer has been in public education for twenty-six years and served as a High School math teacher and student council advisor in Houston, Texas, Hamtramck, Michigan and Troy, Michigan. Her administrative experience began as an Assistant Principal at Troy High School in charge of discipline, master scheduling, guidance and counseling, and student activities. For the past twelve years, Dr. Hammond has served as the principal at Grand Blanc High School, the fourth largest high school in the state of Michigan, with over 2,700 students. She has served as the President of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals and a member of the Michigan Council of Educator Effectiveness, which helped to develop the state-wide educator evaluation system.

Dr. Hammond earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University with teaching certifications in health and mathematics, a Master’s degree in mathematics education from Wayne State University and an Educational Specialist degree and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University.

Dr. Hammond is credited with many accomplishments during her career and is most proud of creating a school-within-a-school for at-risk students, increasing Advanced Placement student participation by over 300%, and planning and implementing an Early College program which saved local families over $20,000 in college tuition costs. Dr. Hammond’s focus has always been and will continue to be creating educational opportunities for students to experience academic success and be prepared for a successful life experiences.

As the Director of Academic Services, Dr. Hammond’s mission will be to coordinate and enhance the curriculum, instruction and assessment process and practices in the Muskegon Public School District so that students are academically successful and access higher learning opportunities.

District Annual Education Report