DEARBORN — Parents, students and community members are invited to chat about Dearborn Public Schools with Supt. Glenn Maleyko at any of a series of upcoming events, with the first one on Dec. 13.
The informal meetings are called Chatting with the Superintendent. Before the pandemic, Maleyko held several Chatting events each school year. Those informal, in-person sessions for the public are returning this year in a new and expanded format.
In addition to Maleyko, several executive directors will also be holding their own similar events. At each of the events, a handful of district administrators will attend to be able to help answer questions on a variety of topics.
Chatting with the Superintendent starts next week. Maleyko’s schedule includes:
• Dec. 13, 5 p.m., at Becker Elementary, 10821 Henson.
• Jan. 24, 5 p.m., at McDonald Elementary, 10151 Diversey.
• Feb. 9, 5 p.m., at Long Elementary, 3100 Westwood.
• March 23, 4:30 p.m., at Howe School, 22586 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights.
• April 11, 4:30 p.m., at Bryant Middle, 460 N. Vernon.
• May 9, 4:30 p.m., at Cotter Early Childhood Center, 13020 Osborn St.
The meetings are open to all community members, district staff, students and parents. Parents are welcome to attend any of the Chatting events, even if their child attends a different school.
Fatme Faraj, executive director of Student Achievement for the Dearborn High feeder track, has also scheduled her first Chatting event. That will be held at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 14 in the media center at Dearborn High School, W. 19501 Outer Drive. For a full schedule of Chatting events as they become available, go to www.firstbell.dearbornschools.org.
By design, Chatting events are less formal than school board meetings, providing an opportunity for interactive conversations on a variety of school-related topics.
“I appreciate the opportunity to talk with our community and provide individuals with the big picture story of our district, to listen to their thoughts and comments, and hopefully to answer any questions they may have for me or our administrative team,” Maleyko said. “Several years ago, we discovered this relaxed setting allows for good conversations, the sharing of ideas, and a platform that encourages open dialogue. I’m looking forward to bringing back those conversations.”
Conversations will be driven by those in attendance and could focus on topics related to individual schools or to the district as a whole. Parents who want to discuss particular students or staff members should arrange to meet privately with the school principal or child’s teacher.
Possible topics could be the ongoing infrastructure planning study, facility needs and current construction projects in the district, how ESSER funding is being used, pandemic-related learning losses, the purchase of buildings for the Henry Ford Early College, or other school or district issues parents may want to discuss.