The Bentley Barker

News about the Bentley Community Schools, October 2019

The Supe's Scoop

Greetings Bentley Community!

The 2014 bond addressed many needs. However, there are still more needs to be addressed. We are actively working to put in place an energy saving performance contract to tackle some of those needs. We will be working to increase our energy efficiency by changing over to all LED bulbs, using building automation to shut down systems when not in use, ensure good insulation at windows and doors, etc. We will fund these projects with a combination of money we have set aside, rebates, and a loan which we will pay back with the energy savings we will realize from these projects. That is not enough, though.

Recently, we had a facility assessment completed, which clearly identifies current and future needs. Our most pressing needs include two boilers at Barhitte as well as roofs over most of Barhitte and the high school. However, we have a host of other needs that were identified in the facility study, too.

To help us prioritize these needs, we will be holding two community forums in order that we can get feedback from you, the community: Wednesday October 30th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 12th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria. We need your input—please come!

We must plan for both the short term and the long term. Coming May 5, 2020, we will have an opportunity to place on the ballot a 0.6 mill bond that, if passed, would not increase tax payments, while providing the district with money to address the most pressing issues. Specifically, it would enable us to preserve our most important assets—the schools—and ensure our students are warm. Ultimately, we need our students to be in safe buildings and this would afford us the resources to make sure that happens.

I will be sharing more information soon. First, we need your input. Please call (810) 591-9120 and let us know if you will be able to make the community forums. Together, we’ll keep our Bulldog Nation safe and comfortable for our students!


Kristy Spann, Superintendent

Future of Bentley

Our youth will be the workforce, the parents, the community leaders, and the innovators of tomorrow. It is up to us—all of us—to prepare them for that future. For a future where they can expect to work independently and collaboratively, with people from Burton as well as from countries the world over, in human-to-human encounters and virtually through video-conferencing. They will need not only the basic competencies we’ve always expected of school—reading, writing, and arithmetic. They also need to be able to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them; reason abstractly and with quantities; construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others; attend to precision; use appropriate tools strategically; and so much more.

The future of Bentley must support our youth for their future. We must provide educational opportunities that are rigorous, relevant, and flexible enough to meet their individual needs. Consider how medicine has changed in the last 10 years from bionic limbs to 3D printed body parts. In fact, a Texas baby born without skin in some areas received a skin transplant and is being held by his family for the first time. The point is that times are changing and just as we want the best medicine has to offer, we also want the best education has to offer. Our constantly evolving technologies require nimble minds and ethical practices. This is the future for which we preparing our students.

We are working toward that here in Bentley, in the classes we offer, how we instruct, and the environment our students learn in. We are working to identify how we can better personalize education for each student while continuing to meet their social and emotional needs. We genuinely want your input to guide us in decision-making. To that end, there is a survey below and there will likely be several others this year. We do not want to burden you; however, your input would be greatly valued.

Bentley Community Perception Survey

Please share your opinions on several important topics--take this survey. Thank you!

Free Meals at Risk

In order to continue our free breakfast and free lunch program, we must have ALL of our families turn in the household information survey. This is critical. Without 100% participation, we will not be eligible to continue this program. The survey is not for those people who might qualify for free meals. It is for everybody.

The survey is here. PLEASE get this completed and turned into your child's school office by Friday, October 17th.

Forms are also available in school offices in case you are unable to print.

About us

Bentley Community School District is a public school district in the City of Burton in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and in the Genesee Intermediate School District. The City of Burton borders the east side of Flint, providing access to three universities, the Flint Institute of Art, the Flint Institute of Music, the Longway Planetarium, and the Flint Repertory Theater. Bentley Community Schools covers approximately 9 square miles and serves 830 students. The Bentley Bulldogs are proud of their small town, close knit community and are mission-driven to provide learning for all~whatever it takes!