Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Independence Update, March 2016

The Clarkston Community Schools' Board of Education has been consulting with an engineering and architectural firm to determine the district's short and long-term needs relative to facilities, safety, and technology. The assessment of needs included discussions with several community groups, teachers and support staff from each building, parents, and a community survey. At their March meeting, the Board of Education received a recommendation from the engineering and architectural firm to take into consideration a no millage rate increase bond that can raise $75 million to address these needs. The board decided to conduct another community survey and to hold a public hearing on April 18 at CHS to receive additional community input on this matter.

Please take advantage in the next weeks and months to offer your feedback. It is vitally important that we hear from you. The school system is here to serve our community.

The school district is also working to increase the amount of time that our students spend in elementary art and music classes, along with expanding Spanish instruction. We feel that this is very important for all of our learners.

Our secondary schools, including SMS, CJHS, CHS, and RHS, have undertaken a whole child study. Here, we seek to ensure that each child is healthy, safe, supported, challenged, and engaged at school. We feel that additional counselors and home-room time can help in these areas. We will continue to examine these ideas, including a student and teacher survey, and to discuss them with the Board of Education.

The school district has again applied for federal E-RATE funds to help us improve wireless Internet coverage in the district. These efforts provide great savings to our school district and point to our continued fiscal responsibility.

CCS wishes to congratulate Mrs. Patricia Carter, a CHS teacher, who recently received a Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission Award for promoting safe driving for teens in our community. She received the award at a luncheon in Lansing. Congratulations to Mrs. Carter and thank you for all that she does for kids.

Congratulations also to Clarkston’s bands, orchestras, and choral groups for their excellent achievements at festival. Our winter sports season has come to a close, with several of our teams advancing through conference, district, regional, and state finals competitions. Many of our students achieved academic and athletic awards, including Jacob Kersten, a member of CHS’s regional championship bowling team, who achieved a 4.05 grade point average and a bowling scholarship to Wichita State University in Kansas.

Lastly, we celebrate the achievements of Team RUSH Robotics, who won a district championship and garnered several design awards, and student members of our Business Professionals of America and Future Problem Solving teams who won state championships and qualified for international competitions.

Our students achieve at the highest levels. Thanks to our coaches, conductors, parents, students, and community members for all that you do to make these achievements possible.

Have a safe and restful spring break.

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