All who gathered at the annual Grosse Pointe Public School System community luncheon Oct. 1 had the opportunity to mingle with elected officials, school board members, law enforcement officers, educators and clergy from the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. They also received information regarding several educational topics during the 90-minute event held at Defer Elementary School. After a welcome from Principal Lisa Rheaume, GPPSS Superintendent Gary Niehaus addressed those gathered about the district’s $111,040,000 bond referendum that will be on the ballot during the Nov. 6 general election. The bond referendum, if passed, will provide a number of updates throughout the district, including building enhancements and technology upgrades. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan, also spoke at the luncheon. Lawrence briefly spoke about the need for mental health assessments for children in the foster care system. She also stressed the importance of skilled trades.
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