By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Since becoming Dearborn Public Schools superintendent in June, Glenn Maleyko has spent his time accomplishing goals he set for the district.
During the hiring process, Maleyko presented a 90-day plan for goals he was hoping to achieve, which he believes he has.
“The first 90 to 100 days were critical,” he said. “I have been working all summer attending meetings and interacting with community leaders and legislators.”
Maleyko also said he sent the board members his one-year plan for approval and feels he has already begun the process of setting his plan in motion.
Among his goals are increasing graduation rates, growing partnerships, encouraging the use of social media and blogs, working with deans and presidents of universities and colleges, improving standardized testing and increasing English language learners endorsements.
“We have already implemented the feeder track model within the district,” Maleyko said. “We are working on having administrators more visible in their buildings.”
The feeder track model aims to help connect the elementary, middle and high schools together for a more cohesive learning environment.
Maleyko said he is leading the way to encourage more teachers and administrators to use social media through his own blog.
“It makes me more transparent to the teachers and parents,” he said. “I am planning to have each school and its teachers create and update their own blogs so it is easier to communicate with parents.”
Community partnerships remain an important asset to the district, Maleyko said.
He said he and Police Chief Ronald Haddad went to Washington, D.C., in July to speak about “our successful police and school relationship and programs.”
Maleyko said the district has received a grant to help more teachers earn their ELL endorsement.
Another new goal Maleyko has set out to accomplish is building on the relationships the district has with deans and presidents of local universities and colleges.
“We want to focus on getting our students great careers, after they graduate from our district and college,” he said. “Today, students need at least an associate’s degree or skilled training to have a reasonable income.”
Maleyko also spent Oct. 9 in Lansing attending a meeting for new superintendents to discuss various topics and issues within the districts. The meeting was led by former DPS Supt. Brian Whiston, who became the state superintendent in June.
“Standardized testing was one of the topics we discussed,” Maleyko said. “Testing is needed for all students, but there is a need for measuring the abilities of students beyond just science and math.”
Maleyko said the Northwest Evaluation Association measures growth of an individual student which makes it affective, while the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress assessment system does not because it taking longer to get results and continues to change.
Board trustees unanimously voted to hire Maleyko as superintendent on June 22 after Whiston accepted the state position in March.
Maleyko has worked in the district for 20 years where he started as a substitute teacher at Oakman Elementary School. In 1997, Maleyko received a teaching job at Salina Intermediate School, then became assistant principal and then earned the principal position at the school.
Next, Maleyko spent time as principal at DuVall Elementary School in 2009 before moving to Human Resources director and later executive director of Staff and Student Services.
“I look forward to continuing my efforts in making a difference for students,” he said. “I understand what teachers are going through because I was in their position so I want to do everything I can to support them.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)