GRPS superintendent: success of district vital to downtown growth
Caroline MacGregor January 10, 2014 | WGVU
"plenty of room here"
Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Neal talking about future plans for City
Middle High which is now located in the former Creston High building on Plainfield.
The school currently holds more than 14-hundred students. Neal hopes to see
growth over the next decade of an additional 75 to 80 students each year.
“bits and pieces”
students currently attend schools connected to the downtown area, including City
Middle High, the highly successful Fountain montessori program, Innovation
Central High, Coit and University Prep.
Neal, now in
her 2nd year as superintendent, spoke to members of the Downtown
Grand Rapids, Inc. advisory board. Neal expressed the hope the DGRI and Downtown
Development Authority will consider partnering with GRPS for a proposed museum
Neal says the viability of downtown Grand Rapids is connected to the success
and growth of the GRPS district. Education is key and in her words, there are, “no do-overs with
“my grandson is here”
of The Right Place agreed with Neal’s perception that a successful urban school
is vital to area growth.
Neal begins her community listening tour.
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