Okemos chooses schools' leader
Dearborn educator will take the reins of area district
Susan Vela Lansing State Journal
OKEMOS - School board members voted unanimously Monday to offer the district's top leadership position to Dearborn Associate Superintendent Cheryl Kreger, a 58-year-old jogger who wouldn't mind ending her professional career with the district. "I've been impressed with her both on paper and in person," board member Ronald Styka said, following other board comments about Kreger's ability to get tasks done, attain grant money for schools, and develop strong relationships. Kreger is a veteran educator who has served Dearborn Public Schools for 37 years as a teacher, principal and top administrator. Advertisement Dependent on successful contract negotiations, Kreger will take the reins of Okemos' public school system in July. "From my point of view, I think it's a community and a school system that I could serve well, building on their strengths and adding a new dimension to the way they do things," Kreger said during a Monday phone interview. The board's No. 1 pick started in a pool of 21 diverse applicants, including Dansville Superintendent Mike Simeck and Webberville Superintendent William Skilling. With their resumes and interviews, they competed to replace retiring Superintendent Lee Gerard, who has spent 27 years with Okemos. "Dr. Gerard has set such a high standard, we really had to look very hard to find someone that would pick up that flag and carry it," board President Robert McDonough said. "We have identified a stellar individual here in Cheryl Kreger." Kreger will be responsible for managing about 500 employees, including approximately 275 teachers, and overseeing the education of roughly 4,200 Okemos children. She is known for her listening skills, warm relationships and creative problem solving. "They made a very good choice," said Mary Graham, who won a board seat in the recent school election. "She seems very bright, very capable, (with) lots of good experience. "I think she will be a very good fit for this district." Board members have discussed offering Kreger a base annual salary of $145,000, which approximates how much she now makes. Kreger wants to oversee Okemos schools for several years before retiring. "It would be a dream of mine, but I don't plan on retiring for awhile," Kreger said. Considering the housing market, she most likely will rent property before moving to the area with her husband, John, a retired teacher. They have three adult children, two of them teachers.
A Washington, DC, airport ticket agent offers some examples of why our
country is in trouble!
1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that
her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an
2. I got a call from a candidate's staffer, who wanted to go to
Capetown. I started to Explain the length of the flight and the
passport information, then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to
make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts."
Without trying to make her look stupid, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is
in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa."Her response - click.
3. A senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida
package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in
Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to
explain that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the
He replied, "Don't lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a very
thin state!" (OMG)
4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife who asked, "Is it possible to
see England from Canada?" I said, "No." She said, "But they look so
close on the map." (OMG, again!)
5. An aide for a cabinet member once called and asked if he could
rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he
had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas.
When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas
was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save
6. An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know
how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at8:30 am got to
Chicago at 8:33 am. I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of
Illinois, but she couldn't understand the concept of time zones.
Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.
7. A New York lawmaker called and asked, "Do airlines put your
physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to
whom?" I said, "No, why do you ask?"
She replied, "Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag
on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that's
After putting her on hold for a minute while I looked into it (I was
laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, CA is
(FAT - Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a
destination tag on her luggage.
8. A Senator's aide called to inquire about a trip package to
Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be
cheaper to fly to California, and then take the train to Hawaii?"
9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked,
"How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he
meant, to which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but
none of these planes have numbers on them."
10. A lady Senator called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola,
Florida. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?" I
asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, Fl. on a commuter plane. She
said, "Yeah, whatever, smarty!"
11. A senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he
needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about
passports, I reminded him that he needed a visa.
"Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have
one of those." I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a
visa. When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four
times and every time they have accepted my American Express!"
12. A New Mexico Congress woman called to make reservations, "I want
to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York ." I was at a loss for words.
Finally, I said, "Are you sure that's the name of the town?"
"Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady.
After some searching, I came back with, "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked
up every airport code in the country and can't find a Rhino
anywhere."The lady retorted, "Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows
where it is. Check your map!"
So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, "You
don't mean Buffalo, do you?" The reply?
"Whatever! I knew it was a big animal."
Now you know why the Government is in the shape that it's in!
Message from: Jim
Is DFT union president Kevin Harris really working for the district? Today's article in the Dearborn Press and Guide has quotes in it attributed to Mr. Harris that could very easily be expected to be made by a district employee. He is obviously upset that the teachers (right or wrong) did not pass the last agreement that he negotiated, but is that a reason to call out your own union members in the local newspapers and throw them under the bus? Teachers are already taking the brunt of the negative PR associated with recent budget shortfalls, despite the district's inability to manage their money (ie: Berry Center, Fordson Football Field, top-heavy administration). Now, the supposed leader of the union comes out with a thinly veiled attack on the membership, even though almost half of them acquiesced to the contract (lost by 19 votes). If he is upset with the membership for not understanding the situation well enough, or for whatever reason, is a public forum really a place to deride the people he has been elected to represent? Does the DFT really need to be fractured any more than it already has been? I thought the purpose of a union and collective bargaining is to establish solidarity throughout the rank and file, as well as the elected officials of that union. If the leadership cannot represent the members respectfully despite their negative feelings about them, maybe it is time for them to step down, or for the membership to step up and move the leadership out.
Russ.. Is this info true ?
7000 more Iraqiâ€™s to end up in Dearborn? How is it that our government can facilitate the influx of Iraqi people to Dearborn (of course they donâ€™t want to go anywhere else) without as much as one cent to support or educate them? Isnâ€™t our economy bad enough in Michigan where we have to now add 7000 non English speaking welfare recipients to the mix? I guarantee that these are not doctors, lawyers or skilled trades workers coming, they are all going to end up at ACCESS and ALL going to end up crammed into our schools, abusing our welfare and health care systems and ALL going to be here for the rest of their lives. The fact that they are Iraqi is not the issue here, but how does our government pull off the act of constantly forcing an already financially devastated state into accepting these refugees when we havnt recovered from the ones we are already stuck with. Just another flood of illiterate students to cram into our already overpopulated school system and more unemployable people for our state to support. Itâ€™s almost like having a hurricane hit Texas and relocating the refugees to New Orleans even though they have not recovered from the hurricane they got hit with. Everyone in this city and state will now suffer for having to be forced to accept these people who will end living better than half our lifetime residents who have lived here their whole lives and can't get the same benefits from the state and federal government. What skills do they bring? How do they contribute? Who ends up supporting them? Itâ€™s a disgusting shame that we in Dearborn have to continue to suffer like this! Call it racist but I donâ€™t care where they are from, we canâ€™t deal with all the strife blight we have already. Its time to tell the rest of the world to deal with their own people and defend their own country! If these people donâ€™t want to live in a war zone, let them stand up and take their country back instead of rolling over for the terrorists that are taking it from them and letting our boys and girls in the Military do the job they should be doing. Instead we are throwing open the flood gates for them to free load off of us. Enough is enough! ... John Dingell are you listening ?
Dr John Burl Artis said last night that he will be tentatively leaving the Dearborn School System at the end of his contract June 2008.
Translation; he presently does not have the votes on the board to extend his contract.
But,he is revving up his supporters to put pressure on Board members to extend the contact to 2009 and maybe beyond.
He also compared himself to Bobbie Kennedy.
..strange. very strange...
Now for all you folks that are in denial of left wing bias in the Media, The British Broadcasting Corporation own review found out that they are left leaning. BBC Washington correspondent Justin Webb accused his own employers of being anti-American, saying they treated the nation with scorn and derision and "no moral weight". Now maybe it's time for our American media to admit to their leftist slant.
From: U of M Employee Lives: Dearborn [Ban IP]
Please keep the phone calls coming into the Vice Chancellor's office (Robert Berhrens..phone 313 593 5130 I think this is a PR number ) They are taking plenty of flak from callers. Their phones keep ringing. Remember to mention this is strictly prohibited under the Michigan Constitution, Article 1, Section 4...it states... "No money shall be appropriated drawn from the treasury for the benefit of any religious sect or society, theological or religious seminary; nor shall property belonging to the state be appropriated for any such purpose." Remember, this is a state funded university and we elect their regents on a state-wide ballot. So, keep up the pressure. By the way, this issue made the news on Fox News last night.
Also, please contact each of the members of the U of M Regents to voice your complaints about foot baths. All their contact info, including home and e-mail addresses, phone numbers, etc. can be found at http://www.regents.umich.edu/about/bios/
Please act now...or as Russ would say..."jump up and down" about this!!!!!!