STUDENT MUSICAL… Watervliet Public Schools will be performing The Little Mermaid Jr. musical production on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Watervliet High School Auditorium. Tickets for reserved seating will be available for purchase from 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. in the WHS auditorium lobby this Thursday and Friday. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door at performance time. The cost to attend is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for students and senior citizens.
Steve & Dixie Dibble wed 50 years
Steve and Dixie (Latislaw) Dibble are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on March 29, 1969 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Watervliet after being high school sweethearts for four years. Both are graduates of Watervliet High School and have resided on Bainbridge Center Road for all of their 50 years together.
The couple plans to celebrate their wonderful years together with a trip to New Orleans, followed by a gathering of family and friends this summer, together with their daughter and son-in-law who will also be celebrating 25 years of marriage.
Watervliet hospital auxiliary holding Susie’s Goodies fundraiser Thurs., March 28
Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary will host Susie’s Goodies fundraiser on Thursday, March 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom C off the Hospital Lobby. Available for purchase are assorted baked goods, candies and salsa. All profits from the sale will be used for Auxiliary projects.
Hartford School Board focuses on communications
By Jon Bisnett The Hartford School Board held their spring retreat meeting on Monday, March 18 with a visit from a facilitator with the Michigan Association of School Boards. The facilitator presented a workshop on communication. Hartford Public Schools has been working with the National School Public Relations Association in surveying parents, staff and community stakeholders seeking their opinions on communications provided by the district. Well over 500 responses are being quantified and when combined with data collection from community focus groups will become the basis for a detailed analysis of strengths and weaknesses to be compiled and presented formally to the board in April. Personnel The board accepted the retirement request from Redwood Title I Teacher Pam Ward who concludes 30 years of service within the district. Bus Driver Betty Empson also retires capping 5 years of service to Hartford Public Schools.
Finance Business Manager Rebecca Drake reported routine financials with two notable expenditures from the capital outlay budget. The first of which being purchase of new computer work stations for staff, and the second being the acquisition of a forklift for use in the former woodshop/ auto shop which has become warehousing space in recent years. With increasing truckload shipments coming on pallets, the school has in the past depended on the kindness of AmeriGas and Mann Metal in lending their lifts and drivers when such shipments have arrived. However, winter weather precludes the forklifts from traveling to the school by road, so when a local opportunity to purchase a reasonably priced used forklift presented itself, the decision was made to expend $3,500 to make the school independent in terms of handling such incoming shipments in the future.
New Business The Van Buren Intermediate School District Annual Budget was presented for discussion only with notable expense of the proposed expansion/ joint venture with the Van Buren Health Department. The joint project is to build an addition to the Lawrence campus housing an expanded Dental Careers curriculum and expanded culinary program. The HPS Board will vote on the budget in April.
Red Arrow Property A resolution draft by Truhn, the district’s legal firm was presented and approved in a roll-call vote to move forward with the process of quieting the title on the Red Arrow Elementary property to allow the Hartford Library to move forward with the formal acquisition of the property. Traditional title searches proved fruitless on the property that has been a school as long as anyone can recall, forcing the quiet title process as the legal remedy to assure all parties no outstanding property rights claims exist. A similar resolution passed by the Library Board supports the action as well, paving the way for the respective law firms to iron out the process to transfer the property thus allowing the Library to commence building demolition after closing at a date as of yet to be determined.
Post Prom The Post Prom Committee visited to receive their approval for the annual event to travel overnight to Airway Lanes for a lock-in event following this year’s prom scheduled for May 11 and 12. The committee reports last year saw a 95% participation by students with another 14 adult chaperones in attendance. It was noted all chaperones are vetted via the district standard back ground check.
New high school course proposal High School Guidance Counselor Cassandra Trapp presented a proposal for a new AP Physics course to be added to the existing AP curriculum of AP Calculus and two AP English courses – Literature and Composition. In reviewing requirements for the college board physics class it has become apparent high school teacher Ross Thiele is already presenting a Physics class that is consistent with the AP requirements, thus providing an opportunity to rebrand the class and certify the curriculum under the AP standards. Trapp addressed several pointed questions from the board as to the success rate of students in taking the AP testing, explaining in detail that AP is more than just a course in itself. The rigors of the advanced placement work is dependent to a large degree on preparation of prior classes in the subject along with helping students develop the personal discipline to tackle the significantly more challenging coursework than that experienced via standard high school classes. She stated most AP courses don’t achieve their maximum potential until they have been presented for a few years to allow all associated teachers, working as a team, to fully leverage the opportunity to prepare students for the college level nature of the courses.
Hartford Township issues free landfill passes Hartford Township residents can take advantage of a free pass to Orchard Hill Landfill offered by the Township to aid in spring cleanup simply by visiting the Township Hall after April 1. Passes are valid for the entire month of May 2019 only. Maximum load size is three yards. One pass per household; proof of residency is required.