2015-06-28 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

SAGINAW CO. FAIR DEADLINES APPROACH – The Saginaw County Fair office hours for June are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Still exhibit entries have to be submitted on or before Wednesday, July 1. There is a drop box located in the ticket booth of the fairgrounds for those who cannot come in during office hours. Christmas decoration items for Santa’s Village are also welcome and can be dropped off at the fair office, or call (989) 845-2143.

NL COUNCIL VACANCY – The Village of New Lothrop still has a vacancy on the village council. Those interested should send a letter of interest to the Village of New Lothrop, P.O. Box 313, New Lothrop, MI 48460. For more information, call (810) 638-5496.

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE - Lauri Braid, Shiawassee County Clerk, announces the new 2015 – 2016 Shiawassee County Directory is now available. The directory has a wealth of information regarding federal, state and local governments. There are addresses and phone numbers for all the elected officials who represent Shiawassee County in Washington, Lansing and at the local level from the courts, county commissioners, countywide offices, townships, cities, villages and schools to county departments and boards. The booklets can be obtained at the Shiawassee County Clerk’s office, second floor, 208 N. Shiawassee Street, Corunna, during regular business hours.

RIVER CLEAN-UP – Chesaning’s 2015 Shiawassee River cleanup event is set for Aug. 1 starting at 9 a.m. Organizers have also set a back up date for one week later. A large number of volunteers will be needed to assist. Contact the Chesaning Village office for information, (989) 845-3800.

RAFFLE WINNER -- The Chesaning Chamber of Commerce raffle winner for June 24 is Lisa Brown of Chesaning. The Guest drawer was Morgan King of Dollar Daze.

MISTEQUAY DRAIN – The Misteguay Inter-county Drain Board will meet on Monday, June 29, at the Albee Township Hall to discuss finding a new lender for interim borrowing, and discuss easements.

TEACHERS HIRED – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of four teachers during the June 23 meeting. Carrie Kovach was hired as a second grade teacher; she is a graduate of Ferris State University, and has already been working at Carter Elementary School. Angie Oliver is the new physical education teacher at Carter Elementary School; she has six years of teaching experience between Michigan and South Carolina and is a graduate of Tiffin University. Erin Ciesielski was hired to teach English language arts for sixth and tenth grades at both Kuehn-Haven and Hill-McCloy High School; she has been a long term sub for the school district. Diane Ruddy was brought back to serve as middle school guidance counselor; she has also served recently as middle school student advocate.

MONTROSE GRADUATE HIRED – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education has hired 2014 Hill-McCloy High School graduate Rachel Potts to serve as auditorium production technician. Superintendent Dr. Edward Graham said she has a pretty impressive resume for her young age. She has a lot of experience with the auditorium, having been involved in many school productions and not just on stage.

CASH FLOW – On June 23, the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education approved borrowing $1.87 million from the Michigan Finance State Aid Program to aid with cash flow this fall. They have determined Oct. 18 is when the district will be in the greatest need. Michigan schools typically receive their first state aid payments a couple of months after fall classes begin. Superintendent Dr. Edward Graham explained that most school districts have to borrow in order to maintain necessary cash flow. He also pointed out that the district will be borrowing considerably less than the previous two years. In 2014 the district borrowed $3.4 million. In 2013, the district borrowed $2.4 million. So this year’s loan amount needed will be considerably less at $1.87 million.

I.T. SUPPORT – Montrose Community Schools will continue to contract with the Genesee County Intermediate School District for information technology (I.T.) support. However, Superintendent Dr. Edward Graham recommended contracting with CU Technology for desktop technology service and network support. Dr. Graham feels that the district will benefit from diversity in I.T. support. This company was recommended by school board trustee Chris Zolinski. Graham said he is very impressed with the group. CU Technology has agreed to provide 400 hours of service at $25 per hour; a total of $10,000. This amounts to one day a week for one year.

TICKET PRICES – Montrose Community Schools Athletic Director Shayne Mishler advised that ticket prices for middle school athletic events be increased from $2 to $3 for both student and adult admissions. Mishler made the recommendation as a means for breaking even at these events. “We are currently in the red,” Mishler said. He explained that it typically costs about $230 to hold a sports event for the middle school. He pointed out that it will still cost less than most schools, since many are $5 and $7 for admission.

GETTING A HEADSTART – Montrose Community Schools is working to establishing an early Headstart program for children as young as six months old. Superintendent Dr. Edward Graham and Choice School Director Linden “Bo” Moore are looking at locating this Headstart program at the Choice school, since many attendees are young parents. Graham explained that there would be no expense to the district. Moore said they would only be able to take up to eight children at a time, but parents would be required to be enrolled in school full time, or work full time to qualify. Once the children age out, they would be able to transition into the Carter Elementary School program. Headstart would fund this program.

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