2017-10-08 / News Briefs


CHS TO HOST COLLEGE FAIR – On Thursday, Oct. 12, Chesaning High School will be hosting a Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO)-sanctioned college fair from 6-7:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Currently there are over 30 institutions booked. This will be a great opportunity for all students in grades nine-12 and their parents to meet with college representatives. Those attending should use the rear entrance of the school. For more information, contact Mandy Volk, high school counselor, at (989) 845-2040 or via email at mvolk@chesaning.k12.mi.us.

YOUTH PHEASANT HUNT – The Saginaw Conservation District will host a youth pheasant hunt on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at 8415 Peet Road, Chesaning. This hunt is for children ages 12 – 17. Each child must be accompanied by an adult, have a base license, and have completed a hunter safety course. Breakfast and lunch will be provide. This is a free event, but space is limited. To register, call the Conservation District office at (989) 781-1720, ext. 5. The hunt is sponsored by the Saginaw Conservation District, Pheasants Forever and the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative.

MOOLENAAR ANNOUNCES OFFICE HOURS – Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Midland) has announced office hours to be held by his constituent relations representatives at locations throughout the Fourth District in October. The purpose of the office hours is to help residents in need of assistance with a federal agency, like the Internal Revenue Service and the Veterans’ Administration. Representatives will be at the Frankenmuth Wickson Library, 359 S. Franklin St., on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 9 to 10 a.m.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for October are Timothy and Sue Henige, of Chesaning, Betty Deitering, of Chesaning, Ronald Wendling, of Montrose, and Chuck and Margo Yaklin, of New Lothrop.

CORRECTION – A story about staffing changes in last week’s Citizen incorrectly listed Nate Browning Jr.’s position. He has been hired as the new junior high school wrestling coach. Longtime varsity wrestling coach Jeff Campbell will continue as varsity wrestling coach for the Hornets. We apologize for the error.

STC STAFF CHANGES – During the Oct. 4 meeting of the St. Charles Community Schools, superintendent Michael Decker said Rachel Klein was hired as fifth grade teacher and they are very happy to have her teaching. Also, St. Charles High School guidance office secretary Patti Davey will be retiring, but has agreed to stay through the end of the first semester. Decker plans to post the position in November, giving time for internal transfers, if requested.

SUMMER SCHOOL FUN – St. Charles Community Schools offered a summer school program to elementary school students who had been struggling last year. There were more than 20 students who participated in the four-day week, three-week program. Teachers Amy Schultz and Nathan Swain led the program, making it fun for the students. The program included some time on the Chromebooks, as well as a field trip visit to Frank’s Supermarket in St. Charles gave them the opportunity to show the students how what they’re learning applies in real life. They learned about food groups, calculated the cost of the food, got a tour of the grocery store and had a scavenger hunt for items on the grocery list to make snacks in class. The children also wrote thank you notes to Frank’s Supermarket. Schultz said the field trip was such a success, the kids were learning the whole time. Superintendent Michael Decker said it was a good example of project-based learning.

PARK MASTER PLAN – St. Charles Village manager Matthew Lane attended the Oct. 4 St. Charles school board meeting to discuss the fiveyear park plan. He explained they have to keep the plan up to date so that the community can apply for grants. Lane said they didn’t do a complete overhaul of the park master plan this year to save money. Instead, they did an online survey with 200 people responding. School board trustee Duane Rehyl complimented Lane on how the plan covered so many aspects in the plan. Lane said, once the plan is approved by the village council, they will post it online. He was looking for some feedback from the school board. School board trustee Jenny Jimenez said she likes to see what is being incorporated. Lane said one of the most tangible things that came out of the strategic plan was the farmers market, which has been going for two years now. Superintendent Michael Decker said this summer there were 28 Little League teams playing. He noticed on the days they were playing, he couldn’t find a place to eat in downtown St. Charles that wasn’t full. He sees it as good for the community.

BUILDING PERMIT – St. Charles Community Schools superintendent Michael Decker reported that the improvements to the men’s and women’s bathrooms at the school athletic field have been completed. The indoor batting cage has arrived and is ready to be installed. The security monitoring software would be installed very shortly.

MEAL PRICES – On Oct. 4, the St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education approved a five-cent meal price increase to comply with state [and USDA] lunch program requirements. As of Oct. 9, St. Charles Elementary School student lunches will be increased to $2.30; St. Charles Middle School and St. Charles High School lunches will be increased to $2.60 each.

SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT – The St. Charles Community Schools fall board retreat will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Hartley Outdoor Education Center, starting at 8 a.m.

HOUSING VIRTUAL SCHOOL – During the Oct. 4 meeting of the St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education, superintendent Michael Decker said Northwood University has the potential for housing students for St. Charles’ virtual school. He also talked about developing the career technical training so that students would stay for a fifth year.

NEW WEBSITE IN PROGRESS – St. Charles Community Schools is in the process of uploading information onto their new American Disabilities Act compliant website. Executive secretary Denise Smith has been in charge of uploading the district information. School secretaries have been enlisted to update information for each of the schools. Superintendent Michael Decker told the school board that it takes a tremendous amount of work. They are working with Cyber School to develop the website. The goal is to go live in November. Board secretary Stacey Klump thanked Smith for her time and effort.

CHESANING UNITED APPEAL – During the Oct. 5 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, treasurer Cathy Gross said the Chesaning Area United Appeal will be kicking off during the last week of October. This year’s goal will again be $30,000, with the Chesaning Food Pantry added to the list of organizations benefiting from the proceeds. Gross explained that if they don’t do the United Appeal fundraiser, they won’t have the funds necessary to keep the Rehmann Health Center open. Recent immunization clinics held at the health center have been very well attended.

SEWERLINE EXTENSION – During the Oct. 5 meeting, the Chesaning Township Board discussed the request to extend the village of Chesaning’s sewer line westward to the McDonalds restaurant. Township officials want to ensure the project has the necessary support before investing money in the project plans. Spicer Group has plans from the last time they received a sewerline extension request from McDonalds under a previous owner. Spicer will provide the township with a cost estimate before it goes any further.

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