Welcome to Gaylord Community Schools
"Our mission is to provide a quality education that inspires students to achieve their potential and become productive citizens."
"All Gaylord Community School students are empowered to excel by being adaptive and innovative, graduating with the academic knowledge and social skills needed for an ever changing global community."
Gaylord Community Schools is a K - 12 public school district located in northern lower Michigan. Our district encompasses approximately 265 square miles, including portions of Otsego, Antrim, and Crawford counties. We are a quality learning community and provide our students with a rigorous and relevant academic program enhanced by an array of co-curricular and athletic opportunities. GCS welcomes you to become part of this outstanding learning community.
Message from the Superintendent
The beginning of school represents an exciting and eventful time of year. Part of that excitement is fueled by the anticipation of finding out what has changed over the summer. When students and staff return to Gaylord Community Schools in September they will find many things that are the same, complimented by a handful of significant and positive updates. Some of those changes are obvious and some not so obvious, but all are designed to make GCS a better and safer place to learn and work. Here are a few of the updates that I would like to highlight:
- New windows at North Ohio and South Maple. The existing windows at these buildings were over 40 years old. Replacing windows provides energy savings, more stable classroom temperatures, increased security, and greater natural light transmission. Students and staff will realize a difference when they walk into buildings and classrooms
- We have converted all the lights at Gaylord Middle School from the traditional fluorescent to LED. Not only has this transition increased the quality of light in the classroom, it has also decreased energy usage. We are keeping a close watch on the impact that the lighting change will have at GMS and simultaneously working with Consumers Energy to develop a plan for the entire district that will make Gaylord Community Schools a greener and brighter place to learn.
- Exterior doors at Gaylord High School have been replaced to conserve energy and increase safety. Not only will the doors look better but they will function better as well.
- District wide we replaced our 20-year-old telephone system with a new, updated version that will both increase the effectiveness of our communication and meet the 2019 e-911 requirements for schools. GCS has also increased wireless access points to increase speed and access of wireless hardware.
- Gaylord Intermediate School students will experience improved service in the cafeteria. The cafeteria has been updated so the existing staff can serve a greater number of students in a shorter period. This means less waiting in line and more time for socializing and organized play.
- Safety and reliability are at the top of the list for our transportation department. To keep our fleet of 30 buses in top notch condition we purchased three new buses this summer.
- The expansion of our early college program has allowed us to add a NCMC site to our campus. The vacant building between Gaylord Middle School and South Maple Elementary School is in the process of being remodeled into a five classroom higher education learning center. Presently GCS has almost 200 students enrolled in early college with NCMC. The completion of this building in October will allow fifth year early college students the opportunity to take classes locally instead of traveling to Petoskey. The five-year renewable agreement between GCS and NCMC provides increased learning opportunities to area students and broadens the educational footprint for both GCS and NCMC.
- The athletic facilities have been worked on with the most noticeable change being made at the high school softball fields. GHS softball players will enjoy new dugouts when the spring season starts.
- Most importantly, we have hired 18 new employees. Our most important asset is without a doubt is our students. Delivering a quality education to our students requires a trained and motivated staff. We worked hard this summer to find to best possible teachers, support staff and administrators to replace the quality people that retired and moved on. Our goal when hiring new staff is to find someone that can not only carry on our positive traditions but help us grow into the future.
At Gaylord Community Schools we are focused on serving our community by recognizing what we do well, addressing areas that need to be improved, and making upgrades to keep us current. You can keep up-to-date with these changes by visiting our Facebook page, viewing our website, communicating and getting involved in the individual schools, or attending the monthly coffee and conversation with the superintendent. We are working hard to provide a community school district that produces strong students that serve a strong community.