DeWitt Public Schools are doing well academically, but there is still room for improvement

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — DeWitt Public Schools are above the Michigan averages in most academic categories such as graduation rate, average ACT score, and teacher effectiveness, but they have some work to do when it comes to the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress or M-STEP. “DeWitt is a good community and we have kids in general that have a desire to do well in school,” said John Deiter, superintendent of DeWitt Public Schools. “We are able to recruit some of the best teachers in the area.” Smaller cities such as DeWitt are able to be successful in academics, because of size. The schools are able to be more connected to parents, students, and everyone else in the community.

DeWitt works to battle cyber-bullying

By Connor Clark
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — As social media works to connect people and ideas, advanced technology finds itself in the hands of young adults, and issues of cyber-bullying and sexting have risen for the City of DeWitt and DeWitt Township. Bruce Ferguson, police chief for the City of DeWitt, warns young adults to watch what they say and do online and on social media. “Kids don’t realize that what they think is private, isn’t really private,” Ferguson said. Although complete case numbers have not yet be compiled, according to Ferguson, the frequency of young adult cases on cyber-bullying and blackmailing have risen sharply in previous years. Some cases have involved threats of suicide.