04-05-2018 Family continues to share Mason’s story, speaks on Good Samaritan Law at Ferris State U.;

Family continues to share Mason’s story, speaks on Good Samaritan Law at Ferris State U.

By Annette Christie In an early March trip to Ferris State University, Lori Mizwicki and her sister Brandi Huyser shared their story with approximately 300 college students. The true life story was that of Lori’s son Mason and efforts taken after Mason’s death on January 1, 2015. Mason, who was 16 at the time of his death, died from a prescription drug overdose. Following his death, his mom and aunt worked with, then, State Representative Al Pscholka, to pass legislation that would provide protection for an individual under the age of 21, calling 911 for help when someone needed medical attention due to prescription drug use. Mason was not alone on the night that he died but the other individuals with him neglected to call for help for fear of getting in trouble.

Hartford Schools further tighten security protocols

By Jon Bisnett Superintendent Andy Hubbard introduced District Safety Officer Dave Janicki who then outlined even more new student safety procedures at the Thursday, March 22 meeting of the Hartford School Board. With survey results back from the parents Janicki has taken interim steps to tighten security as additional long term solutions are considered.

OLICE PRESENCE… Officer Jim Coleman of the Hartford Police Department visited Redwood Elementary 2nd Graders to read a story for March Reading Month. As District Safety Officer Dave Janicki points out, “We have a great relationship with our local police. They support our schools in a variety of ways with Officer Coleman being the perfect example. One should never assume a squad car at the school means trouble. In most cases it simply means they care about our students.”


Personnel One more staff retirement was announced by Hubbard. Veteran 4th Grade teacher Cathy Rawson has chosen to retire following 27 years of service. On behalf of the District Superintendent Hubbard wished Rawson a most sincere thanks and best wishes for her future plans. School security update District Safety Officer Dave Janicki began by stating that Michigan ranks 5th in the nation in regard to school threats since the first of the year at 41. (Three additional threats occurred between the meeting and time of publication.) Ten have happened in Van Buren County, not counting the recent arrest in Paw Paw. Janicki has taken immediate steps to require all visitors during school hours must wear a pass provided by the office at all buildings. He has limited the access points of the buildings from five down to just three at Redwood and eliminated one entry point at the Middle School. Janicki says a couple of unhappy parents have called to complain. His reply is polite, yet inflexible. “We must do this,” says Janicki, “The kids come