Superintendent on MegaCast
In case you missed it... Royal Oak Schools superintendent, Mary Beth Fitzpatrick, was a guest of Ronnie Dahl's on the Oakland County MegaCast.
Changes To The School Board
The new year will bring new faces to the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education. On Thursday, December 10, we said goodbye to three members of the school board at the regularly scheduled meeting. President Jeff Brinker, Vice-President Gary Briggs, and Trustee Carrie Beerer all stepped down after a combined 37 years of service.
Beerer has been on the Board of Education for 10 years. She said that running for school board was the next logical step as a mother with children in the district and an active member of the PTA. She says a highlight during her 10 years on the board was the hiring of two superintendents that, she says, “were the right people we needed when their time came to work with us.”
Briggs has been on the board for 17 years. He has been a part of many successful millage and bond proposals, as were Brinker and Beerer. Briggs first joined the school board in 2003 when he saw a need for schools to consolidate and wanted to be there to help “do it right.” Briggs was also instrumental in the Royal Oak Mural Project, the largest WPA (Works Progress Administration Program in the 1930’s). In the spring of 2004, the Royal Oak WPA Murals were rediscovered after being in storage for over 25 years. Today the three murals proudly hang in the auditorium of Royal Oak Middle School.
Brinker has been on the school board for 10 years. He has served as President, Vice-President, and on various committees. “It’s amazing how fast the years fly by,” he said. Brinker has been a strong leader for the needs of public schools. "Having started on the Board during the recession and ending during the pandemic, it was nothing short of amazing at how well Royal Oak Schools reacted and succeeded during challenging times,” he said. “I am proud to have served on the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education." He has had two children graduate in the district. He says he’ll miss graduations, and that they are “the best times of the year.”
“It has been a pleasure working with such caring community members invested in the education of our young people, as they also supported our staff and families,” said Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick. “Mr. Briggs, Mr. Brinker and Ms. Beerer have selflessly dedicated themselves to the Royal Oak Schools community for quite a few years and they will be greatly missed.”
At the January 14, 2021 board meeting three new members will be present who were elected in November. Erika Alexander, Timothy Ciechorski and Lisa-Aline Hanes were newly elected to the school board, and MaryAnne VanHaitsma was re-elected to the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education.
“I would like to congratulate our newly elected school board members and thank them for being willing to serve on behalf of our students, staff and community,” said Mary Beth Fitzpatrick, Royal Oak Schools superintendent. “I look forward to working together and serving the needs of all Royal Oak students, families and staff. I appreciate all of our school board members and candidates for their passion and dedication to our incredible community.”
Last fall, two seniors from Royal Oak High School, created a group called Kits For Kids. The two girls, Nadia Weller and Danya Sahib, organized a fundraiser to collect supplies for kindergarteners in Royal Oak Schools. They were very successful and found out that after supplying all of the kits to the children, that they had money left over.
They reached out to the district with an idea to purchase multicultural crayons for approximately 400 first grade students. After pricing that out, they realized that they could still do more. So, with around $1400, they not only purchased these culturally responsive crayons for all of the first grade students in the district, but also for all of the 2nd graders. We applaud them for their efforts and dedication! Thank you.
LOOKING FOR WORK?
We're hiring substitute teachers. Red Rover is the district’s partner for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and secretaries. If you are interested in learning more, please go to app.redroverk12.com for information and to apply.
Individuals interested in working with and caring for school age children before and after school for our Young Oaks (Latchkey) Program should contact the Addams Early Childhood Center at (248) 288-3220.
We're now hiring custodians to join our team of cleaning professionals. Interested individuals can apply here.
For instructional and administrative positions, check the Oakland Schools Consortium portal at http://bit.ly/ROSJobs
Employment opportunities with Royal Oak Schools can be found on our website under Employment/HR. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Beth Caverly at the District Offices: firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 435-8400 x1210.