This week on Sunday Morning Townsquare, Paul speaks with:

  • Teresa Weatherall-Neal, Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Lisa Puente from D.A. Blodgett - St. John's

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  • Teresa Weatherall-Neal, Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools

I'm joined by Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal. We chat about what ignited her passion for public education and working with children, some of the teachers that inspired her, where things stand and what's on the table for the GRPS restructuring plan, how long before first school would close and savings would begin to be realized, measuring sticks to track the progress of the plan, what will become of the closed schools, what happens if the school board votes the plan down, the effect it will have on high school sports, additional things GRPS is looking to do to stay competitive, what the "fiscal cliff"could mean for Title I money, where she sees GRPS in 5-10 years, what could happen if the plan doesn't work, and more…..

Grand Rapids Public Schools http://www.grps.org/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GRPublicSchools

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  • Lisa Puente from D.A. Blodgett - St. John's

I'm also joined by Lisa Puente from D.A. Blodgett - St. John's. Lisa and I chat about their mission, their foster care program and how families can get involved, how many children in West Michigan are in need of a foster family, their adoption program, their big brother and big sister program, and more…..

D.A. Blodgett - St. John's http://www.dabsj.org/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/DA-Blodgett-St-Johns/355959044852

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I do hope you'll have a chance to tune in! I'm really looking forward to introducing you to folks around West Michigan every week who are helping to positively shape our area with their music, their art, their bold business ideas, and the causes they're passionate about!

~Paul Jendrasiak