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Our Mission

(Please click here for a printable pdf version of the entire 2008-2013 Strategic Plan including the information below and more.)


We will encourage and develop each student's individual abilities, skills, and character, to shape tomorrow's world through positive relationships, best practices, and a shared sense of purpose.

Core Beliefs

  • Working with passion, pride, and integrity to realize one's personal best
  • Providing quality educational opportunities for all learners at all levels
  • Continually evaluating the effectiveness and relevancy of the K-12 curriculum to better achieve desired student outcomes
  • Maximizing fiscal effectiveness, efficiency, and stability in the operation and the physical resources of the school district
  • Eliminating prejudice and discrimination to promote tolerance and a respectful school environment
  • Enhancing dialogue with the community to increase and strengthen the essential partnership of staff, students, and community.
  • Ensuring a safe and secure learning environment to maximize student achievement

Focus Areas

  • Student Learning Provide a world class education that develops, challenges and inspires all students
  • Positive Human Connections Develop a culture of respect and caring for one another that exists within the entire school community
  • Communication Maintain and improve on-going, two way communication with all segments of the school district; Maintain and improve on-going, two way communication with all segments of the community at large; Pursue meaningful partnerships at every level; Examine what we are doing and what works well
  • Finance Continue to implement effective business operations practices; Improve communication to provide transparent, accurate, useful, information to all stakeholders; Provide better access to more useful tools for program managers and other staff; Provide better access to easily understood general information; Provide long-term financial stability to support education program goals; Manage bond projects effectively
  • Facilities Provide a safe, clean, and healthy environment that is aesthetically pleasing and conducive to exemplary learning; Conserve energy usage; Growth building usage accommodation
Board Calendar
  • March 2020
    • MonMar09 Community Chat 6:00 PMBates Board Room
    • MonMar09 BOE Meeting CHANGED: The location for this meeting has changed. 7:00 PMBates Board Room
    • MonMar23 BOE Meeting CHANGED: The location for this meeting has changed. 7:00 PMBates Board Room
  • Dexter Community Schools  734-424-4100
  • Bates School, 2704 Baker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130 
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The Dexter Community Schools district includes the city of Dexter and parts of eight townships. Learn about the Dexter area on our Community page.

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Human Resources

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