Kalamazoo Public Schools

Kalamazoo Schools Face Dire Budget Outlook

May 15, 2020
John McNeill / WMUK

The COVID-19 pandemic could have a devastating impact on the Kalamazoo Public Schools well into the next school year and beyond.

Andy Robins / WMUK

One-and-a-half million Michigan students will not be heading back to classes until next fall, at the earliest. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement about K-12 schools Thursday, April 2.

Kalamazoo Picks New Superintendent

Feb 20, 2020
John McNeill / WMUK

Kalamazoo's School Board has unanimously picked the person they hope will be the district's next superintendent. Rita Raichoudhuri (pronounced "rye-CHOW-dur-ee") is now the head of early college and career education for the Chicago Public Schools.

Kalamazoo School buses - file photo by WMUK
WMUK

Kalamazoo Public Schools reopened Loy Norrix and Kalamazoo Central High Schools as well as Linden Grove Middle School Tuesday under heightened police presence and other security measures. Meanwhile threats have closed three Portage schools. 

Kalamazoo Kids In Tune

The Kalamazoo Symphony and Kalamazoo Public Schools' after-school music program, Kalamazoo Kids in Tune continues beyond the school year, offering six weeks of summer programming. Artistic director Ben Gudbrandson says it's a time when the skills they built might otherwise get rusty, and just as importantly, kids benefit from the familiar routine of rehearsal and performing. Craig Freeman, a leading brass instructor for KKIT, added a jazz unit to the program this summer, and alongside the orchestra and its chamber ensembles, Kalamazoo Kids in Tune will give two public concerts this week.

On Tuesday, July 16, the orchestra will play at the Portage Public Library at 1 pm - 1:30 pm. On Thursday, July 18, they'll be downtown on the Kalamazoo Mall from 11:45 - 12:15 pm. 


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