FLINT (WJRT) – (06/13/19) – Communication. We use it every day: at work, at home, and for kids at school.

What if there was a language barrier that kept school leaders from communicating with your student?

The school is in the process of hiring an interim principal, but students, parents and alumni fear one will be hired that won’t be able to speak to the students through sign language.

“We want to have a principal who is aware of deaf culture, have the ability to speak in American Sign Language,” student Lucas Graham said.  The students frustrated, over a lack of communication.

“Let us know what’s going on. Let us know what’s going on with the school and what is your plan for this fall and keep us in the loop. Make sure we’re all on the same page. You’re leaving us out. Why are you leaving us out of this? Don’t leave us out. None of us know what’s going on,” a parent said.

Janis Weckstein, Assistant Director for the Michigan Department of Education, says the open position is not for a full-time principal. It’s an interim position because their full-time position is not ready to post.