Dr. Thomas Grannemann and Tim Jordan, of the new Haverhill Education Coalition, on the Open Mike Show.
“Reach Higher: A Haverhill Community Discussion on School Success” takes place tonight at Hunking School. WHAV expects to broadcast the event live, beginning at 7 p.m.
Presentations will be made by Tim Jordan, Haverhill Education Coalition; economist Thomas Grannemann; Benjamin Forman, MassINC research director; and Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College.
Appearing on WHAV’s Open Mike Show, Granneman pointed out Haverhill’s student drop-out rate, as measured in four-year peer groups, is generally improving as it is across the Commonwealth, but it is still higher other Gateway and similar income communities. Dollars spent-per-student in Haverhill is also less. Grannemann, of Haverhill, launched a website, BenchmarkHaverhillSchools.com, earlier this month to compare city schools with those in other Gateway cities.
Glenn will moderate a panel discussion on “Improving Haverhill Schools: Objectives, Challenges, and Action Steps.” Panelists include Haverhill School Committee President Gail Sullivan, City Council President John Michitson and Dena Papanikolaou, a Haverhill resident, parent, and legal advocate. Mayor James Fiorentini has also been invited.