05-14-2020 Watervliet High School Principal should be selected soon; June 12 set as graduation date;

BELOW FREEZING TEMPS RAISE HAVOC WITH LOCAL FARMERS… Pretty pink apple buds turned into Popsicles overnight when temperatures plummeted into the low to mid 20s in orchards at High Acres in Hartford on the Saturday night before Mother’s Day. Jason Meachum says, “A couple days early to claim a definitive catastrophe but all the signs are there. We cut 100 red delicious blossoms the afternoon after and found two alive. Where the irrigation was applied, we are predicting even more damage along with tree death.” The Meachums are field testing some experimental after-frost chemicals that have proven effective in the state of Washington, but only time will tell. A visit from Michigan State University Extension Small Fruit Educator Mark Longstroth provided a quick analysis of High Acres Concord grape crop, estimating a 50% loss. On a positive note no vegetable plants were out while the corn and soybeans remain unaffected as they had not yet broken ground. Additional frost warnings remained posted for this week. (Photo courtesy of High Acres)


Watervliet High School Principal should be selected soon

By Annette Christie

Watervliet Public Schools Superintendent Ric Seager told the school board at their Monday, May 11 meeting that he hopes to have a high school principal selected in the next couple of weeks.

Seager said there were 17 original candidates of which there were seven that went through the initial screening. Four of those individuals will be interviewed by a panel of administrators, staff, and board members. Of the four, two will be called back to make a presentation to the panel. “The goal is to have an accepted offer at the end of next week,” Seager said. Three of the individuals have been high school principals before. “It was a strong candidate pool and I look forward to the interviews,” Seager commented.

New staff introduced

Three new teachers were included in the virtual meeting for their introductions to the Board of Education. Seager said the district has offered contracts for three special education teachers. Taylor Bradley (a graduate from GVSU this spring), Jordan Wagner (currently in the Upper Peninsula but was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area) and Amy Brennfleck (currently in Colorado Springs, Colorado) will be filling vacancies at North Elementary and the high school.

School board election

Seager alerted the board that there are some candidates up for election this year. He announced to the board members that they will have board packets available in the office. He noted that July 21 is the deadline for them to file for the November ballot. Seager told the board that they will have to review some millage resolutions at their August board meeting.

April meeting overview

At the April meeting of the Watervliet School Board, administrators provided an overview of the district’s continuity of learning pl