Three seats opening on Flint Community Schools board;  petitions to run for Nov. 3 election available now
Jun30

Three seats opening on Flint Community Schools board; petitions to run for Nov. 3 election available now

The Flint City Clerk’s office issued the following press release today: Petitions are now available in the Flint City Clerk’s Office, second floor of City Hall, 1101 S. Saginaw St., for persons interested in seeking election to the Flint Board of Education. Three seats are open for the election, to be held Nov. 3, 2020. The terms of board members Casey Lester, Betty Ramsdell and Blake Strozier expire Dec. 31, 2020. The three...

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On the last day of the month, Mayor Neeley officially recognizes June as Pride Month for City of Flint
Jun30

On the last day of the month, Mayor Neeley officially recognizes June as Pride Month for City of Flint

The following press release was issued today, June 30,  by the City of Flint: “Mayor Sheldon Neeley today issued a proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month in the City of Flint.  “It is believed to be the first time the City of Flint has recognized the month. The proclamation recognizes June as Pride Month for the duration of Mayor Neeley’s elected term as part of his ongoing commitment to fight for civil rights and...

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Education Beat: Flint school board nixes new administration’s plan to reopen schools
Jun30

Education Beat: Flint school board nixes new administration’s plan to reopen schools

By Harold C. Ford On June 29, with barely five weeks remaining until the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the board of education of Flint Community Schools (FCS) rejected the plans for reopening schools put forward by Anita Steward, the district’s new superintendent. A motion to move 6th, 7th  , and 8th graders to the Holmes building at 6602 Oxley on Flint’s north side and to house kindergarten through 5th graders at the Brownell...

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Education Beat:  Lopez fired, Steward hired as Flint Community Schools staff challenges continue
Jun28

Education Beat: Lopez fired, Steward hired as Flint Community Schools staff challenges continue

By Harold C. Ford “I’m just overwhelmed how we were left in March and she stepped up.” …Vera Perry, board trustee, Flint Community Schools, June 25, 2020 At a special meeting of the board of education of Flint Community Schools (FCS) June 25, Derrick Lopez was terminated as FCS superintendent “without cause” in a 4-1 vote of those present. Those voting to terminate Lopez’ contract were: Diana Wright, vice president; Danielle Green,...

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Village Life:  Flint’s newest journalists are eight years old and raring to write
Jun27

Village Life: Flint’s newest journalists are eight years old and raring to write

By Jan Worth-Nelson Paxon Laube-Clary’s head hurt.  Stuck at home in pandemic shutdown, he was spending three to four hours a day of screen time keeping up with his classes at the Perry Innovation Center in Grand Blanc. His friend since preschool, Julian Pauli, home from the Flint Cultural Center Academy, was in the same condition.  They thought it might be fun to do something different — something off the screen. So they...

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Undeterred by COVID, Flint Youth Film Festival goes on; will “make magic” online
Jun25

Undeterred by COVID, Flint Youth Film Festival goes on; will “make magic” online

  By Patsy Isenberg Faced with an unexpected pandemic shutdown and COVID-19 restrictions, those in charge of planning the 2020 Flint Youth Film Festival found a logical solution to getting the films out to the public:   they’ll be shown on the festival’s YouTube channel. Films from the 5th annual festival, for Michigan young people 13-25, will be screened on YouTube July 1-18 at youtube.com/flintyouthfilmfestival. The awards...

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