A new face will greet students in the Okemos school district the first week. Cheryl Kreger, Ed.D. took over as superintendent for the district, and hopes to make a seamless transition.
"Really to have the children and families not even know a new superintendent arrived," said Kreger. "That they can be accustomed, and experience the same service that they've always had."
A big help for the superintendent and students is a $6.8 million bond passing, which will go to buying new school buses and computers for classrooms.
"That sets a school district apart from other school districts," said Kreger. Even in these trying economic times, the citizenry believes that it's important...That education is important, and to support it financially is important.
Okemos, like other school districts, is waiting for the state to decide on a budget.
"It's survival. Just getting the doors open making sure you can met payroll," said Kreger. "It's very difficult for schools to be responsible and to plan a flush budget when they don't know how much revenue is coming in."
Or how much the state could be taking back.
The district has already cut corners to conserve energy. Kreger plans to work with the school board on how to save more money-- to plan for any misstep from the Michigan Legislature.
At the end of the day it all comes back to the classroom and making sure students are prepared.
"By 2014, 100% of children are expected to have passed that Michigan Merit Exam," said Kreger.
Meaning there's plenty of work to be done.