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For 100 years, the Grosse Pointe Public School System has benefitted from a sturdy local tax base, state financial support, and ample federal funding, making our school district the envy of our peers nationwide and the crown jewel in one of the healthiest and robust communities in the state. Yet the future is not what it used to be.

Recent school closures, a global pandemic, and budget deficits that have impacted public schools everywhere threaten the long-term viability and success of the very heart of the community we call home. And even the generous contributions of kind benefactors, dedicated parents, millage supporters, and volunteer fundraisers may not be enough to bridge the gaps that the future portends. There needs to be a bigger initiative, a bolder endeavor, and an even deeper commitment from everyone impacted by this revised version of the future.

News & Notes

Paulina (Perakis) Jayne, Grosse Pointe South class of 2014, is currently a touring urban country music artist. She is the opening act for headliners such as Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, and Old Dominion and is the founder of Girl King Co., a cutting-edge artist management company in Nashville, TN. She credits her success to the Grosse Pointe Public School teachers who saw something in her from the very start.

Bob Schmitt, Grosse Pointe South class of 1976, has devoted his entire career to public service. He has served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and is currently working within the United States Secret Service (USSS). He credits Mr. Coury, his 9th-grade Civics teacher at South for sparking an interest in this field.

Mary (Colombo) Mancus and Madeleine Mancus, the mother-daughter team behind the Village’s newest boutique, Glitter & Scotch, are our latest graduates of distinction. 

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