Laurie Wallace is the proud parent of a 6th grader in the Waverly School District. But even though she's a product of the district's schools herself, she's open to shopping around.
"What is Waverly going to do for me to make sure my kid will stay here?" asked Wallace.
To keep Wallace and other parents happy and improve the schools, Waverly is proposing 4 different ideas that it hopes will bring big improvements to the district. It is proposing expanding early childhood education, reconfiguring grade levels, creating a freshman academy and implementing a full day kindergarten program.
On Wednesday night the district took a group of interested parents and staff and split them up into 4 committees who will research and evaluate those ideas before making suggestions to the school board on Jan. 24th.
"Even if we implement just one of those ideas I'll be satisfied that we've taken the school district and turned it from good to great," said Waverly Schools Superintendent Debra Jones.
Parents and staff had different ideas they were excited about.
"My favorite is the pre-school," said Dawn Plenar, who has two kids in the district. "You can reel 'em in while they're young so that they'll stay in the district."
"I'm looking into freshman academy more than anything else because I'm the high school principal," said Vince Perkins, principal at Waverly High School. "We need to do something with the freshman to make their transition a lot better."
If you'd like to join one of the parent-staff committees on any of the 4 issues, check out the Waverly School District's web page (http://web.waverly.k12.mi.us/index.cfm) for meetings times.