2013-01-27 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

MONTROSE BLUEBERRY QUEEN APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE – The Montrose Blueberry Queen’s Pageant will be held on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Montrose Community Schools Auditorium. Queen applications are available for pick up at Hill- McCloy High School Office. The deadline is Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. and applications should be returned to Mrs. Podulka in the middle school office. For more information, contact Vicki Podulka at (810) 591-8832 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or (810) 240-9602.

CHS COLLECTING LABELS FOR EDUCATION – Chesaning Union High School is collecting Campbell’s Labels for Education to earn money for school supplies and physical education equipment. Area residents are asked to send labels to school with their students, or they may mail them to school to the attention of the coordinator, Mrs. Marnie Zeigler. For a full list of eligible products, visit the Campbell’s website at www.labelsforeducation.com.

KIWANIS BLOOD DRIVE – The Chesaning Kiwanis Club will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Bonnymill Inn in Chesaning. One lucky donor will win dinner for two at the Bonnymill Inn.

CAMP ANNOUNCES CONSTITUENT HOURS – U.S. Congressman Dave Camp (RMI) had announced office hours held by his regional representatives in various locations around the 4th District to help residents in need of assistance with a federal agency. Constituents are invited to show up; there is no need to make an appointment. On Thursday, Jan. 31, representatives will be at the Owosso City Hall Conference Room, 301 W. Main St., Owosso, from 9 to 10 a.m.

SCHOOL REWARDED – Hill-McCloy High School has received a special award from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for achieving substantial improvements in student scores and beating the odds. Superintendent Mark Kleinhans reported that the MDE sent a letter of congratulations to Principal Jim Ply. During the board’s Jan. 22 meeting, President Morrie Fikes said, “We were very excited to get the award.” He pointed out that of 4,247 schools in the state, only 344 received this award, and Hill-McCloy was one of them. “We are in the top 10 percent!” Fikes announced.

CONTRACT CHANGES – On Jan. 22, the Montrose Community Schools accepted the the MEA contract for 2012-2013, which includes a change that will save money for the schools. It includes a wage and insurance re-opener.

NEOLA UPDATES – Montrose Community Schools Trustee Alan Alguire provided an overview with the first reading of several school policy changes recommended by NEOLA. Alguire said, “We found a few of the recommendations too over-reaching.” In those cases, the school district would retain their current policies. Many of those policies involve communications and cell phones. This would be the first reading for the board members. A second reading will be held before any of the new policies are adopted.

MONTROSE SCHOOLS RE-ELECT OFFICERS – During the Jan. 22 Montrose Community Schools organizational meeting, all seven board members repeated their oath to uphold both the U.S. Constitution and the Michigan State Constitution. The school board held its annual election of officers. The officers will remain as follows: President Morrie Fikes, Vice President Kurt Henige, Secretary Kevin Briggs and Treasurer Coetta Adams. After all four officers were re-elected, Fikes joked, “We don’t have to change the letterhead.”

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winners of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, Jan. 23 were Rob and Nancy Rehmann, of Chesaning.

NO NAME CALLING WEEK WINNER – The winner of the No Name Calling Week sticker contest at Big Rock Elementary School in Chesaning was fourth grader KaLeaha Kersjes, from Ms. Maier’s classroom. Within her very colorful picture, Kersjes’ sticker says “Stop Bullying: Stand Up,” and on the bottom it also says, “Be the Change that You Want to See in the World.” No Name- Calling Week is just a part of a yearly effort at Chesaning Union Schools to educate students about bullying and good student behaviors.

OFFICERS ELECTED – At the Jan. 21 meeting, the New Lothrop school board selected officers. Rich White, a member since 1989, was again selected as president. Curt Bitterman is vice president, Stacie Krupp secretary and Joe Vincke treasurer. New member Adam Green joined trustees Kevin Birchmeier and Greg Ruddy. “We are fortunate to have a solid board with the common purpose of serving our school community and children,” said Superintendent John Strycker.

POLICY AMENDED – During Monday’s meeting, the New Lothrop school board amended Policy 1240, regarding the time frame for completing the superintendent evaluation. The board changed the timeline in order to allow new board members six months in their position before the evaluations; the change also allows standardized test scores to be taken into consideration.

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