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Meet Esterlene N. Dukes

UCS Parent

Cedric Dukes

Preston Dukes, UHS Junior
Charlene Dukes, Jeannette 9th Grader



My story in Utica Community Schools began when my husband and I relocated to southeastern Michigan more than 17 years ago. We researched the area carefully where we were planning to move, and the quality of local education was extremely important. We talked to co-workers at General Motors and looked at other school districts in this area, and decided that Utica Community Schools was the best fit for our children.

I have two children. Preston is a junior at Utica High School who loves science and is involved in the band. He is an excellent student and has taken advantage of not only the rigorous academic programs in our district, but also the numerous clubs and activities available after school. Charlene is a 9th graders who attends Jeannette Junior High School. She is also an excellent student, who loves math and is very involved in the Marching Band.

Utica Community Schools is meeting the needs of my children by ensuring that they are excelling academically. They are being well prepared for college and have also been able to grow socially through clubs and activities. I have found that the staff is extremely focused on my children's education. When I have a concern or question about their progression, staff members have been extremely responsive. They are also very engaged in my children's academic performance and helping them to excel in their courses.

I think the biggest difference between Utica Community Schools and other school districts is the community feeling in our buildings. This is a large district, but each school maintains a community feeling that encourages students to be involved and to grow.

My hopes and dreams for my children are that they fulfill their purpose in life. Our school district is helping them reach that goal by putting them on the right path.

Utica Community Schools Board of Education

Gene L. Klida, President / Michele Templeton,Vice President/ Dr. Robert A. Ross, Treasurer / Jennifer L. Prybys, Secretary
Ken Krolczyk, Trustee / Dr. Mary K. Thomas, Trustee / Denyeal Nesovski, Trustee
Dr. Christine Johns, Superintendent of Schools
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