What is the Metro Bureau?
The Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc., organized in 1946, is a voluntary organization of public school systems, community colleges and universities in Southeastern Michigan. The central purpose of the Bureau is to fulfill our mission in supporting member districts to: improve student learning; enhance the development of leadership skills; understand diversity to provide access, respect, inclusiveness, and community; create cost-effective and efficient practices for school operations (e.g., consortium energy purchasing arrangements); and provide accurate data for negotiations and operations of member districts. We do this by sharing information, resources and ideas in seeking solutions to common problems of our members.
The governing body of the organization is the Board of Directors made up of 28 members. Much of the work is carried on through a very flexible committee structure. Teacher membership on working committees has led to a wide range of activities with increasing concern for the study of curriculum and instructional procedures. Some of the committees conduct major professional conferences and publish reports of their work.
Studies of importance to superintendents and boards of education are conducted and published annually for use by member schools. These studies include information on membership, operating budgets, costs per pupil, and salaries for teachers, administrators, operations, maintenance and clerical personnel. Other studies are made as special needs are recognized.
A striking change during the 63 years of operation of the Bureau has been the great growth in suburban school systems. This unprecedented growth has made it mandatory for boards of education and superintendents to plan ahead for changing needs. The Bureau has been a major source of information about the trends in salaries and other cost factors as well as changes in instructional procedures and school building design.
In 2011 - 2012 the membership of the Bureau consisted of fifty-eight school districts, four Intermediate school districts, three community colleges and two universities.
It is the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc. mission to support member districts to:
Improve student learning;
Enhance the development of leadership skills;
Understand diversity to provide access, respect, inclusiveness, and community;
Create cost-effective and efficient practices for school operations;
Provide accurate data for negotiations and operations of member districts.
A Note From Thomas D. McLennan, Ed.D, J.D., Executive Director Emeritus
Educators sometimes ask "Why join the Metro Bureau? What can you give me professionally that I'm not able to receive from MASA, MASB or MSBO?" Good question. Simple answer. The Metro Bureau is all about highly personalized, customized service. We have a variety of services such as the fax survey, a web page that provides important data, a contract search engine that provides specific contract language to the user from over 100 school district contracts, seminars that are web cast, every type of personnel information that you can imagine. All of this service is available at your fingertips via the magic of the web or the fax machine.
The Metro Bureau is current, our information is readily available and the cost of our membership is easily within even the tightest budget because we guaranty that we'll save your district valuable dollars All of this and we haven't even touched on our consortia that provide great insurance and energy programs at an excellent savings. Next time someone asks "Why join the Metro Bureau" just ask them to call the Bureau and talk to any one of our excellent staff and they'll get an excellent and honest answer.
Metro Bureau Cyber Seminar Series
We are committed to bring you the most current and critical information on school laws, labor negotiations, finance, insurance, energy, curriculum requirements, and others. These seminars are presented by experienced practitioners such as court judges, superintendents, law attorneys, labor negotiators, finance managers, curriculum directors, and energy/insurance consultants.
You may view these video seminars online at any time. Handouts for each seminar are ready to be downloaded as well.
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