Superintendent’s Message

July 1, 2020

Dear Leland Families, 

I am so excited to write this letter from the main office at school after my first official full day as your new superintendent. It was a great day, the first day in what I hope to be many years of service to you, your children, and the Leland Public School community. 

Your confidence in me and your support have been truly humbling and heartwarming. It is a joy to be working on behalf of the students and families who have enjoyed a long tradition of educational excellence in the care of the staff and administration here. I am honored to be in your service. 

I’ve also been busy getting up to speed with the plans for reopening school, the work on the construction project, and the adjustments to the budget. A few of things I’ve been doing to get on board have included:

  • Attending weekly regional principal and superintendent meetings
  • Participating in meetings with state legislators
  • Participating in legislative meetings with key educational lobbyists
  • Meeting with interim superintendent Mr. Hartigan, Principal Gross, and the business manager, Mrs. Thomas
  • Communicating with Mr. Robinson and the school board
  • Facilitated a staff development training session
  • Meeting with Mr. Stowe and the construction team

While the learning curve is steep in these uncertain times, our team here is dedicated and working diligently throughout the summer to learn as much as we can and develop the best plan possible to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.  As if that weren’t plenty, we have also been paying attention to national civil unrest, the state and national budget crisis, and the local impact of educational funding shortfalls. It feels like we have been under siege with confusion, and upheaval. 

As an educational organization, we have a responsibility to respond in ways that promote learning, civility, engagement, and collaboration. We need to model for our students how to deal with adversity, how to overcome disappointment, and how to move forward in ways that allow us to seize opportunities and build something stronger and better. It is in that spirit that we are working to:

  • Respond to Governor Whittmer’s Executive Order 2020-142 to develop plans for reopening by mobilizing our Continuity of Learning Task Force 
  • Support staff in learning about culturally responsive instructional practices
  • Engage our students in conversations about racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, and police brutality
  • Follow the MHSAA and national guidelines regarding resuming athletics and competitions
  • Monitor and amend our budget in response to cuts or increases in state or federal funding
  • Provide professional development for staff, specifically around teaming, new curricular materials, and best practices in virtual learning models and strategies

I have also emailed two letters to students as well, one for secondary students and one for our younger students, that talk about the protests and civil unrest they have been seeing in the news and on social media. I encourage you to read these letters with your children and learn alongside them and us as we work to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the disparity in the quality of life so many in our country experience by virtue of their race. 

In the next month, our task force will be working to develop reopening plans that we will share with you before they are finalized. Please look for these plans and a survey in late July that we hope you’ll take to help us understand your thoughts and feelings about returning to school. 

We are also working on an informal meet and greet that will allow us to get to know each other and explore the construction progress, both from safe distances. The progress on the building projects has been incredible. So much is happening now. More on that to come. 

Commencement is planned for Thursday, July 23, at 7:00 pm at Hancock Park. Jeanne will be sending a reminder later this month with details. 

We have a lot of work to do - good, meaningful work - and we will need your support to make sure we plan, learn, and grow in community and collaboration with each other. I’m eager to do this work together. 

Thank you again for your support, and I’m looking forward to meeting you in person soon. 

Stephanie Long



Welcome to LPS!

The Right Choice!

Our K-12 school takes great pride in being a small, close-knit, caring and supportive community. We have high expectations for our student body in all curricular and co-curricular areas, and we have a strong reputation and track record as an outstanding educational institution. We are deeply committed to our mission statement. The following information describes some of the ways we achieve our goals for children.

Program Accountability

Our administration, staff, parents, and community members work tirelessly to review and improve opportunities through a variety of means, including School Improvement Team, Curriculum Planning and Review, and Professional Learning Communities. Year after year, Leland Public School receives state and national recognition for its academic performance.

Comprehensive Educational Programming

In addition to a core curriculum offering depth and variety second to none in our area, Leland also offers students K-12 the following curricular opportunities:

  • Integrated learning
  • Robotics
  • Vocal/Instrumental Music
  • Multiple Media Art
  • Cutting-Edge Technology
  • Cross-Curricular Learning
  • Process-Based Science Drama
  • An Exceptional Writing Program

Parent/Community Partnership

Leland students are supported by a strong network of parent and community members who volunteer to serve this district in a variety of capacities. We encourage you to find your niche among the community.

The Leland Public School's Mission is to provide a visionary, innovative curriculum and learning environment to achieve maximum individual student growth by developing essential skills, thought processes, self-reliance, and motivation necessary for lifelong learning in pursuit of a satisfying career.

A Dedicated and Experienced Faculty

Our district fully supports Leland's faculty members, encouraging continual training updates, conference attendance, and other academic pursuits. All teachers are highly qualified.

Location, Location, Location!

Leland Public School is located in Northwest Michigan's idyllic Leelanau County. The district comprises approximately 75 square miles of the most beautiful country in the world, including inland lakes, streams, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, and over 20 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Leland has a rich historical and cultural heritage.

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