2012-04-01 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, March 28 was Jen Tilson, of Harrison. Guest drawer was Tim Gewirtz of Gewirtz Hardware.

47 CUBED PARTY – Members of the Chesaning Union High School Class of 1965 will gather for a 47 Cubed Party on Saturday, April 7 at 5 p.m. at the Bonnymill Inn and Eatery. It’s been 47 years since the class graduated. Most of the class members were born in 1947. Therefore, they are gathering on 4/7/2012.

CONTRACTORS WORKING AROUND BLUEBERRY – On March 27, the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education voted to allow the Montrose Blueberr y Festival to have it’s enter tainment/ beer tent within 500 feet of Carter Elementary School. It was merely a formality, according to Superintendent Mark Kleinhans; but it is necessary to approve it each year. “Blueberr y cer tainly does a lot for us,” Kleinhans commented. During the school board meeting, the school board confirmed that site work for Carter Elementary School would be completed before the festival. Plante Moran CRESA Consultant Paul Theriault informed the school board that the bid packages for the Carter Elementary School improvements would go out the next day; whereas the Kuehn- Haven Middle School and the Hill- McCloy High School would go out the following week. They are very aware of coordinating with the construction schedule with the Blueberr y Festival; especially where Carter Elementary School is concerned.

NEW FLAG AT KUEHN-HAVEN – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education officially accepted a new U.S. Flag for Kuehn-Haven Middle School donated by Woodmen of the World. Superintendent Mark Kleinhans explained that Patty Johnson, who is a member of the Woodmen of the World organization is responsible for the donation of the flag; which is valued at approximately $200.

INTRO TO KINDERGARTEN – Big Rock Elementary School has changed the kindergarten open house program based on recommendations from parents, according to Big Rock Elementary School Principal Colleen Nixon. “In the past Kindergarten Round-Up consisted of bringing parents and students in to meet kindergarten teachers, fill out the forms, hear about expectations etc. Then the students would have to wait till September to come to school. It was too far removed for 5-year-old students. So this year we are having parents come in on April 17 to fill out the forms. Then on Aug. 29 kindergarten students and parents will attend an open house from 4-5 p.m. At that time, the students will meet their own teacher, learn where to put their coats, take a bus ride, hear about what they will learn in kindergarten. The following Tuesday they will star t school. It is not so far removed and will mean more to the students. We are also going to have a Kindergarten Camp on July 24, 25 and 26 from 8:30- 11:30 a.m. Any incoming kindergarten student can attend. Kindergarten teachers will be running the camp and having the students partake in activities such as marshmallow math, nature hunts, and campfire songs. They will explore the school, meet new friends, and get to know kindergarten teachers,” Nixon said. Parents can call Big Rock the week before camp to register. Nixon reported that 88 kindergarten students have already been signed up to attend kindergarten at Big Rock this fall.

SCHOOL BUS STATUS – According to Chesaning Union Schools Director of Transportation Steve Lane, the school district presently has 22 buses in their fleet and are presently looking to purchase three or four more buses. “Now we have up to a 75 minute bus ride for some students,” Lane told the Chesaning School Board on March 26. He advised them that they usually save approximately $15,000 per bus when they purchase off-lease vehicles. Recently Chesaning school bus drivers conducted their second of three scheduled emergency evacuation drills.

TECHNOLOGY FOR CHESANING SCHOOLS – Chesaning part-time Technology Director Andrew Reger recently provided the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education with an update on the plans for technology improvements at the schools. Reger has been meeting with consultants. The school district also has a technology steering committee. Reger told the school board that they will be talking about using Google Apps for Education. “We are working diligently to keep computers running until the new equipment arrives,” Reger commented.

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