West Michigan school district goes green for Earth Month

Trustees Vice Chair Carol Garber left and Chair Gary Reynolds confer before the start of Monday's meeting

Trustees Vice Chair Carol Garber left and Chair Gary Reynolds confer before the start of Monday's meeting

For the owner of a home assessed at $150,000, which is about the average for the district, the tax bill would increase by about $104, going from the current $4,338.89 to $4,443.02. Each mill equals $1 of tax per $1,000 of assessed property value.

During their April 10 regular meeting, the board of trustees for the School District of Mystery Lake examined what they could be doing to better connect with members of the public. Dintermith, a former venture capitalist and now education advocate, spent a year traveling across the USA, during which time he visited school districts in all 50 states.

"We've asked all departments to make voluntary budget reductions at this point, and those total about $657,000", Stone said.

Transportation costs for special education students increases in the budget, but the district is hoping to cut the costs for transporting other students. "People just take to the idea of breaking down the barriers between us".

Students in the district have taken that internet access to new levels, he says, by developing their own apps and setting up a technology support desk similar to Apple's Genius Bar, where students replace the screens on devices and teach teachers how to use apps and other technology. The district will receive $13,675,185 in state aid, which is an increase of $415,218 or 3 percent. Last year, the board touted having been well below the cap for five years in a row. We will get specifics from the Superintendent.

In December, parents objected to a proposal that would have had special education students start middle school one year early.

Reynolds left talks with Trustee Penny Barkan before the meeting starts
Reynolds left talks with Trustee Penny Barkan before the meeting starts

As expected, though, elementary school enrollment is decreasing, he said. Previously, Piper served as junior high principal for Jonathan Alder Junior High School in Plain City, Ohio, and middle school principal for Canaan Middle School in Plain City, Ohio.

At the January 23 board meeting, Porter said that Wick had made the following statement: "I understand we need to hire more teachers of color, but have we gone too far in hiring district leadership of color?"

Their help will be needed if decisions regarding any change orders are necessary, and they should be willing to provide cooperative input regarding questions that undoubtedly will surface as the construction phase proceeds. Technically an employee of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, the resource officer would be based ideally somewhere central on the Peninsula, and the unions would pay the sheriff's office for the service on a cost-sharing basis.

Students at Otsego Public Schools are getting a hands-on course about the environment and waste with the district's #OtseGoGreen campaign.

"The best way... would be to rotate from one school to the next", Elkington said, referring to the SRO's presence in the coverage area, and Greenlaw added that it should not be predictable or made public. Olwell had said her vote was a result of tough economic news coming from Montpelier on school finances.

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