2009-10-18 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

CHAMBER COUPONS ONLINE – Save with coupons offered by the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce members. Visit the chambers’ website at www.chesaningchamber.org and click the coupons link on the sidebar, then print the savings coupons offered by chamber members. New coupons are available each month.

TRASH PICK-UP NOT AFFECTED – The Columbus Day holiday does not impact solid waste collection services provided to the 35 Mid Michigan Waste Authority member communities in Saginaw County. All services will be on their regularly scheduled day in each community. Residents should prepare and set out materials as normal.

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS PROGRAM Applications are now available for the Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER) Center’s Christmas toy program. The group aims to make sure every child receives at least one toy for Christmas. Families in need living in the Chesaning school district or St. Charles community are eligible for the program. Applications must be turned in by Nov. 1. For more information, call the CAER Center at (989) 845- 6212.

MONTROSE TWP. SKIPS A YEAR – Montrose Township has decided to skip the Montrose Candlelight Walk in Barber Memorial Park this year. According to Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer, the first year they held the event Parks & Recreation/Building & Grounds Superintendent Maynard Reed along with the township “girls in the office” collected donations for the event. Riverside had donated hot dogs. But slowly attendance has dropped and so have the donations. Emmendorfer said he wasn’t sure whether the low attendance was due to the weather. But they’ve decided that rather than trying to pull off the Montrose Candlelight Walk, “We’ll see if people miss it,” Emmendorfer explained. “The Depot has Santa Claus,” he added. “We don’t have any money in the donation jar.” He talked about the possibility of having the event earlier next year, when it’s not so cold.

CONTRACT FOR SCHOOL MAINTENANCE – During the Oct. 13 Montrose Community Schools Board meeting, the Montrose School Board approved a three-year contract with ATI of Flushing for the maintenance of the heating and cooling system at the three schools, Carter Elementary, Kuehn-Haven Middle School and Hill-McCloy High School. The cost to the schools will be $28,000 annually. The maintenance agreement covers the cost of testing the boilers at all three facilities, service documentation of all heating and cooling mechanical equipment, performance assurance program monitoring systems for efficiency, corrective maintenance & component replacement coverage, component repair labor and material costs, energy maintenance system validation and verification, as well as energy management system monitoring. ATI will be monitoring the system from their Flushing office. Superintendent Mark Kleinhans stated, “Not only does this cover the project we just completed at Middle School, but it also covers the other two building heating and cooling systems as well. He commented, “The Finance & Facilities Committee spent a lot of time reviewing the contract, meeting with ATI officials and working out an agreement that will save the district money, and improve the overall operation of our heating and cooling systems.” School Board Trustee Coetta Adams moved approval of the contract. The board approved it.

POST PROM PARENTS RAISING FUNDS – Twelve Montrose parents have stepped forward to create the Post Prom Rendezvous. The event was described as a fun, safe, post prom event, according to Dorthy Switalski. “It’s an attempt to help prom goers avoid becoming a statistic,” she added. She cited reports saying, typically statewide, about 43 students die in auto accidents during prom weekend. Among the fundraising efforts, the group will be selling shakers at the gate during games. The committee will also host a fatherdaughter dance at the high school, sell hot dogs and more. “There’s a lot of money to raise,” Switalski stated. The committee asked the school board for a $1,000 donation for the Post Prom Rendezvous. School Board Chairman Morrie Fikes pointed out that the board typically supports this event with money from the pop fund. Fikes also said, “I think this is a great idea. There are too many other temptations out there.”

GRANT PAYS FOR PENUT – Carter Elementary School has received a grant for the PENUT (Physical Education & Nutrition) program through the Genesee County Intermediate School District. Carter Elementary School Principal Pete Carey commented, “We applied and got it,” he said, explaining that the program is for grades K through four and is designed to teach children healthy habits. Plus, they will also receive additional teacher training for kindergarten, second and fourth grades that go beyond the basic program.

EARLIER MEETINGS – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education has decided to change their meeting times to better accommodate board member schedules. The regular meetings will now begin at 6:30 p.m.

AYP NOT A REFLECTION OF SCHOOLS – The Montrose Community Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee Chairman Ron Loafman reported to the school board saying, “Both these schools (Kuehn-Haven Middle School and Hill- McCloy High Schools not making AYP (annual yearly progress) is not a reflection on the quality of education offered by the schools.” Loafman explained that the Middle School had identified a large percentage of students as needing special ed. However, Loafman believed recognizing the students’ needs as important to helping these students succeed. He addressed the High School’s failure to meet AYP as a simple matter of one economically disadvantaged student leaving the school district after taking one part of the test. The state had denied the schools’ appeals for special circumstances.

GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM OFF TO THE BEACH – Montrose Girls Softball Coach Rod Studaker went before the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education on Oct. 13 to request permission to take the varsity and junior varsity teams on an out-of-state trip during Spring Break, in April. During the trip to South Carolina, the girls would be staying in beach houses, with a nearby softball field. Each morning they hold softball practice, with group outings in the afternoon. This would be the eighth trip for the team, according to Studaker. “I’m pretty proud to say we’ve never had a problem,” Studaker told the school board. He also assured the board that the team will take care of all their expenses, and won’t cost the schools anything. “It’s a great bonding experience,” he explained, adding, “We have tons of house mothers.” School Board Chairman Morrie Fikes asked Studaker if he realized permission would be predicated on the social climate. Studaker understood. The board of education granted the team permission to go on the trip.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL OVERNIGHT – Montrose Community Schools Athletic Director Bo Moore went before the School Board to request permission for the girls’ varsity volleyball team to go on an overnight trip to the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland. Moore said the trip will be good for team-building. He pointed out that the coach and team are raising money for the trip. The school board approved.

DUGOUTS DONATED – The Montrose Little League built two sets of dugouts with money raised during the Blueberry Festival. According to Superintendent Mark Kleinhans, the Little League had planned to only build two dugouts this year. However, their fundraising efforts were so successful, they built an additional two dugouts. Since the Little League uses the schools ball fields, it was necessary for the school board to accept the dugouts as a donation to the schools. The board accepted the donation.

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL – According to Montrose Community Schools Athletic Director Bo Moore, Montrose will host five of eight upcoming MHSAA tournaments this school year. “You’re not going to find anyone else in the area hosting this many state events,” Moore told the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education. Moore listed the following tournaments: District Soccer, Regional Volleyball, Regional Wrestling, District Boys Basketball and Quarter Finals for Girls Basketball.

BLOOD DRIVE IN NEW LOTHROP – The New Lothrop VFW Post #6579 will host and sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 29 from noon to 5:45 p.m. No appointments are necessary, and new blood donors are welcome.

WELDING CLASS AT CHESANING – A Delta College welding class will be offered at Chesaning High School beginning Thursday, Oct. 22. Class time is from 6 to 9:15 p.m., and will run for five consecutive Thursdays. The cost is $140. Students completing this course will receive one Delta College credit. High school seniors are eligible to take this course. Class size is limited. If interested, contact Steve Guzdial at (989) 845- 2040, ext. 1103.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce bi-weekly raffle for Wednesday, Oct. 24, was Rebecca Butler. Guest drawer was Steven Keck of H & R Block.

CHS YEARBOOK FUNDRAISER -- Attention Parents of Chesaning High School students: The yearbook fund raiser is in the process of being sent home. Those who have not received their order forms this week should contact the yearbook staff at 845-2040 ext. 1108. Orders are due back by Nov. 3, and must be paid in full at that time. Those who have already pre-ordered their book can still participate. They will receive a refund based on the number of items that are sold. For more information, call adviser Todd Vondrasek at the above number.

STC PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – Parent-Teacher conferences at St. Charles High School will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the high school gym, and on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

VILLAGE ACQUIRES MARTIN ROAD – Village Manager Hal Mead updated the St. Charles Village Council Wednesday on the municipality’s quest to acquire Martin Road from Saginaw County in order to maintain right of way access to a water main. The Village’s resolution had been passed along to the county and sent to the state. Work on making the road accessible to vehicles began this week.

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