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A Statement from Superintendent Mr. Justin M. Jennings

8/15/2017

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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New Special Education Director Announced District

New Special Education Director Announced

New Special Education Director Announced

 

Dr. Christine Robertson has been hired by Muskegon Public Schools as the new Director of Education. She takes over the role previously held by Mr. Justin Jennings as he is the newly appointed Superintendent.  Christine has been a devout and diligent advocate for students, especially individuals with disabilities. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she began providing services to students in community mental health and youth treatment facilities. She then returned to graduate school and earned a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology. Christine worked in the field of school psychology for over a decade at Allegan Public Schools, Allegan ISD, and Northview Public Schools providing academic and behavioral assessment and intervention across all grade levels. An interest in systems-level intervention work motivated her to pursue leadership opportunities. She accepted an administrative position with the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District as a service area director proving special education technical assistance to multiple local school districts for three years. A family relocation brought Christine back to West Michigan where she has been a special education administrator for Grand Rapids Public Schools implementing a multi-tiered system of support in early childhood education. In addition, the proximity to Western Michigan University allowed her to complete her Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis in special education leadership in December of 2016. She would like to continue to bring a focus of student centered, data based processes to individualize and intensify interventions for students that need supports to her work at Muskegon Public Schools.

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