2018-09-16 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

PARKS AND REC WORKSHOP – Maple Grove Township will be holding a public workshop on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at the township hall, 17010 Lincoln Road, to discuss its park and the five year Park and Recreation Master Plan. The public is encouraged to attend to provide input and suggestions. For more information, contact Greg Wendling at (989) 482-4510.

BUDDY’S SUPER HERO POKER RUN – Get ready for Buddy’s Super Hero Poker Run on Sunday, Oct. 7. This fundraiser will take riders and drivers through scenic countryside and multiple stops, including Watershed Creek in New Lothrop; the Back Forty Bar in Chesaning; the Korner Bar in Owosso; the 206 Bar in Durand; and Midway Tavern in Lennon. Motorcycles, Jeeps, cars, horses and buggies are welcome. Registration opens at 10 a.m. at Watershed Creek in New Lothrop, and the poker run will begin at noon. The cost to enter is $12. Along the way, there will be giveaways, prizes, silent and live auctions, a dinner buffet, raffles and a performance by the band Junkyard Revival. Participants do not have to enter the poker run to take part in the dinner, auctions or raffles. All proceeds benefit the Miller family in their ongoing efforts to raise funds for Braden “Buddy”

Miller, who is undergoing treatment for a rare brain tumor.

ONLINE SUMMER SCHOOL – Over the past summer, Chesaning Union Schools offered summer school classes online; no buses needed. Big Rock Elementary School Principal Karla Parker said 78 students connected online for summer school. There were only a couple of students who didn’t have access to the internet; the Big Rockin’ Book Bus delivered their homework assignments. Online, students took photos of their work and sent it to the summer school teachers for grading. Classes were held three days a week for seven weeks. Teachers could take attendance and assign points. Parker said 100 percent of the parents agreed that it helped their children avoid the summer slide. Carolyn Collard, who coordinated this year’s summer school program said, “Summer school was a success because parents and teachers worked together to prepare their students for the next grade. Learning never takes a vacation.”

COPIER CONTRACT – During the Tuesday, Sept. 11 committee of the whole meeting, Montrose Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Linden Moore informed the school board that the district’s copy machines are five years old and the service contract

is expiring. School board secretary Ron Loafman said the machines have run imillions of copies. Moore has secured three bids which will be presented at the next meeting. “I assure they will have some savings, even on a three-year deal,” Dr. Moore said.

PROPOSED SINKING FUND – Montrose Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Linden Moore distributed the facts about the sinking fund to school board members. He wants to make sure voters understand that the sinking fund can only be used for the designated purposes. School board member Annie Rodgers asked, “So I could post this on my Facebook page now?” Moore said, “Yes.” He added, “There was a time when you’d promote it for two or three months. But the trend has said, ‘back off’.” He explained recent studies show that people get tired of hearing about the same thing for months. That’s why he’s targeting about 10 days before the election for a focused informative approach. “I definitely want to make sure it’s on the radar. Our teachers, aides, our cafeteria workers, they’re the ones we have to inform.”

CHROMEBOOK PURCHASE – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education is expected to approve the purchase of 91 new Chromebooks for student use at the Sept. 25 meeting. Superintendent

Dr. Linden Moore said two sets of 30 (60 Chromebooks), along with five charging carts, are for Hill-McCloy High School. One Chromebook is for high school principal Grant Hegenauer, since former superintendent Dr. Edward Graham didn’t have one; and Moore is using the same Chromebook he used when he was high school principal. The other 30 Chromebooks will replace the existing student computers at the Montrose Choice School; they will be divided into three classrooms with 10 Chromebooks each. Unlike the elementary, middle and high schools, the Choice School will have charging stations built into the wall.

DONATION POLITELY TURNED DOWN – The St. Charles Village Council voted unanimously to politely turn down the donation of the property located at 100 Hanchett St. in St. Charles. Village manager Matthew Lane explained that the family said they tried to sell it and couldn’t. Councilwoman Christine Neumann said, “It’s low, that’s why nobody wants it.” Lane said the neighbors don’t want it either. He pointed out that if the village accepted the property, they’d have to mow it, and it would come off the tax roll. The council agreed to politely turn down the property donation.

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