2018-06-17 / News Briefs


REP. FREDERICK TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS – State Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso), will hold office hours on Monday, June 18 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Raucholz Memorial Library, 1140 N. Hemlock Road, Hemlock, and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Corunna Public Library, 210 E. Corunna Ave., Corunna. No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend may contact Frederick at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0841 or via email at BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.

SAGINAW ISD TO HOST INFORMATIONAL EVENT – The Michigan Association of School Boards, in partnership with the Saginaw

Intermediate School District, will hold an informational event on school board service on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Saginaw ISD office, 3933 Barnard Road, Saginaw. Donna Oser, director of leadership development and executive search services for MASB, will talk about what serving on a local school board entails, the process for filing and more as part of the MASB’s Get On Board campaign. Materials for the Get On Board campaign can be found at getonboardmi.masb.org. For more information, contact Debbie Stair, assistant director of leadership development for MASB, at (517) 327-5904 or dstair@masb.org, or Kathy Stewart, superintendent of SISD, at (989) 249-8700 or kstewart1@sisd.cc.

MOSQUITO ABATEMENT TIRE DRIVE – The Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission will be conducting its first household scrap tire drive of the summer during the week of June 18-22 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Local collection sites include St Charles Township Hall, 1003 N. Saginaw St., St. Charles on Tuesday, June 19, and Albee Township Community Center, 10645 East Road (M-13) on Wednesday, June 20. The program is open to all Saginaw County property owners at no cost. Tire drop-offs are limited to Saginaw County residents only; only household tires, car, pickup truck, motorcycle, bike or other small tires will be accepted; they must be off the rim; limited to 10 tires per address, per year; and oversized tires are not accepted. For more information, visit www.scmac.org or call the commission at (989) 755-5751.

HORN ANNOUNCES JUNE OFFICE HOURS – State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) will hold office hours for the 32nd District on Monday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chesaning Nursing Care Center, 201 S. Front St., Chesaning. Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointments are necessary. For more information, visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call (517) 373-1760.

ELECTION INSPECTOR APPOINTMENTS – The Montrose Township election commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, to appoint election inspectors for the Tuesday, Aug. 7 state primary election. Inspectors must be appointed by the Montrose Township election commission. The meeting is subject to the Open Meetings Act. The last day to register for the August state primary election is Monday, July 9.

CORRECTION – A news brief in last week’s Tri-County Citizen listed a wrong date for the organizational meeting of the St. Charles Old- Fashioned Christmas organizers. The group will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Rustic Inn, 133 N. Saginaw St. in St. Charles. For more information, call Tina at (989) 798- 4785.

MONTROSE TWP. SEEKS CITIZENS FOR ZONING BOARD – The Montrose Township Zoning Board of Appeals has two openings for alternates. The Montrose Township Board is accepting applications to fill these positions. Applicants must be electors of Montrose Township, residing within the zoning jurisdiction of Montrose Township. The zoning board of appeals meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., on an as-needed basis. Zoning board of appeals members are selected upon the basis of their respective qualifications and fitness to serve as members of a zoning board and without consideration for their political activities. Montrose Township residents interested in applying or learning more about serving on the zoning board should visit the Montrose Township office at 11444 N. Seymour Road, or call (810) 639- 2021, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The township office is closed on Fridays and weekends. Applications will be accepted until June 29.

MATCHING FUNDS – During its Tuesday, June 12 meeting, the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education accepted a $2,500 donation from Sandra Harris. This donation will provide matching funds for a grant written for an industrial arts project led by industrial arts instructor Mike Roberson. Superintendent Dr. Linden Moore explained that Harris wants to provide grant writing incentives for the school by contributing matching funds.

CROWDFUNDING POLICY – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education held the first reading of several new policies during the Tuesday, June 12 meeting. The policies were provided by NEOLA, an organization specializing in writing school policies. Interim school superintendent Wayne Wright said, “I love to read policies. We had not adopted a policy on crowdfunding. We are using crowdfunding. Many schools have adopted this.” He explained that crowdfunding mechanisms such as GoFundMe are fairly new. The Montrose school board approved the first reading of the crowdfunding policy; as well as the first reading of proposed new policies on internal controls, cash management of grant funds, cash principals when spending federal funds, time and effort reporting and procurement policy where federal grants/funds are concerned. The new policies are expected to be adopted at the board’s June 26 meeting.

ROOF REPAIRS – On Tuesday, June 12, Montrose School Board member Chuck Wright asked interim superintendent Wayne Wright whether the roof contractor had come back to finish the roof repairs on the school buildings. Wright confirmed the contractor did come back, and he hasn’t seen any leaks since the last several rains. However, Wright said this was only phase one of the repairs; phase two is needed. He explained that the one school roof is 20 years old. Wright advised the school board that he believes they are doing the right thing by seeking a sinking fund to generate the funds needed.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS – Montrose Community Schools board member Chuck Wright asked what drives the influx of foreign exchange students in a district. He explained that he recently attended a high school graduation with lots of exchange students. Superintendent Wayne Wright said he is aware that some school districts limit the number of foreign exchange students. Hill-McCloy High School principal/incoming superintendent Dr. Linden Moore explained that the school district had a couple of foreign exchange students for years, until the leadership changed. Moore explained that there has to be a willingness of families to host foreign exchange students. He added that Hill-McCloy High School is already lined up to have one exchange student next year.

NEW FITNESS HOURS – Summer hours for the St. Charles Community Schools’ Fitness Center, located inside the community center, will be in effect starting Monday, June 18. The hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Those using the center must be at least 18 years old and have a consent form on file, and student athletes must be accompanied by an adult or coach.

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