Education Beat: Uncertain leadership, uncertain infrastructure challenges roil Flint Community Schools board
Sep12

Education Beat: Uncertain leadership, uncertain infrastructure challenges roil Flint Community Schools board

By Harold C. Ford Flint schools superintendent Anita Steward files lawsuit against board of education Kevelin Jones appointed interim superintendent Two board of education members abruptly resign Doyle-Ryder building closed due to presence of black mold; $440,000 roof repair plan approved by board Board president signals resumption of talks with Mott Foundation “We are at a very fragile state in this district.” –Carol McIntosh,...

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Mobile Vaccination Units continue through summer in greater Flint area  – water and free meals included
Sep09

Mobile Vaccination Units continue through summer in greater Flint area – water and free meals included

By Tom Travis A new community collaboration is bringing Covid vaccines, water, meals and other resources to Flint neighborhoods. The Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) has created a partnership with Genesee Community Health Center (GCHC), the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department’s (GCCARD) Meet Up and Eat Up program, and the United Way of Genesee County (UWGC) to provide neighborhood-based COVID-19 vaccine...

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Commentary: Flint loses 20,000 residents. What does it mean for the city?
Aug26

Commentary: Flint loses 20,000 residents. What does it mean for the city?

By Paul Rozycki With the current census, the city of Flint has lost Grand Blanc, Davison, Swartz Creek, and Montrose. I don’t mean that those places are gone. They are still here in Genesee County and doing fine. But the City of Flint has lost enough population to fill those cities, and that has powerful implications for Flint and those living here.   Based on the current census data just released, Grand Blanc has 8091 residents,...

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“This is a message from the residents of the City of Flint” – Activists deliver two petitions to the City Clerk
Aug25

“This is a message from the residents of the City of Flint” – Activists deliver two petitions to the City Clerk

By Tom Travis A group of seven Flint residents gathered in front of City Hall on Tuesday to announce they had collected more than 1,000 signatures on two separate petitions. The group was led by activist and Flint water warrior, Claire McClinton, who said she was going to deliver the signed petitions to the City Clerk. “This is a message from the residents of the City of Flint,” McClinton said to members of the media. The...

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Education Beat:  Flint Schools leadership besieged by aging infrastructure in buildings averaging 70 years old
Aug25

Education Beat: Flint Schools leadership besieged by aging infrastructure in buildings averaging 70 years old

By Harold C. Ford Students in Flint Community Schools (FCS) will miss six days of school in the just-started 2021-22 school year due to the heat. FCS ordered schools closed the entire week of Aug .23-26; an instruction day had not been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27. FCS Superintendent Anita Steward issued a revised public statement about school closings on Monday,  Aug. 23 on the district’s website that read, in part: “At Flint...

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Sports Beat:     Team Handball Emerging at Flint’s Berston Field House
Aug25

Sports Beat: Team Handball Emerging at Flint’s Berston Field House

By Harold C. Ford “This sport is so cool. There’s gotta be a way that America can get good at this sport.” —Mike Tirico, NBC’s anchor for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, commenting on team handball The venerable Berston Field House — the nearly 100-year-old facility on Flint’s near north-side where Olympic champion Claressa Shields honed her boxing prowess and future NBA players sharpened their basketball skill — is now the starting point...

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