06-15-2017 Watervliet native appointed to Trump Administration

Watervliet native appointed to Trump Administration

Valerie (Dell) Huber, daughter of Merton and Donna Dell, was recently appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the position of chief of staff to the Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C. The acting Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS, Don Wright, said Huber’s “wealth of professional experience in the field of public policy will serve her well in this position.”

According to its website, the department, under the leadership of Cabinet Secretary, Tom Price, is the nation’s principal agency for protecting and promoting the health of all Americans and for providing essential human services to those most in need. HHS is responsible for almost a quarter of all federal outlays and administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined.

In terms of annual budgets, HHS would rank sixth among all the world’s economies, demonstrating the vast responsibilities it has to protect the health of all Americans.

Huber is a 1976 graduate of Watervliet High School and a national abstinence education advocate. She took the oath of office on June 5 and is honored to serve her nation and its citizens in this capacity.

Coloma school year ends on high note

By Annette Christie

Principals in the Coloma School District gave the school board a review at their meeting on Monday, June 12 of how year-end went and all of it was positive.

Graduating seniors took place in a walk through the elementary school.  While it was a volunteer event in their caps and gowns, Principal Dave Ehlers announced that all seniors participated. He commented that while they changed a few things with the graduation service, it all seemed to be well received as he heard no complaints.

Intermediate School Principal Darla England told the bard that they just finished a “Comet Crusade” which she described as Amazing Race on steroids.  The students were put into teams with fellow students that were unknown to them and the physical and mental challenges encouraged them to work together.  England said they were especially thankful for all the parent volunteers that came out to help on that day.

They also finished the day with a “Read Out”, where students could choose to go anywhere outside on the grounds to read for the allotted time.  They brought beach towels and chairs to make themselves comfortable for their dedicated reading time.

England said that the 4th graders had expressed some anxiety over using the lockers with combination locks next year.  England arranged for a visit and lunch with the 5th graders so they could be shown and could experiment with the lockers.  The 4th graders expressed that they were less anxious following the task.

Elementary School Principal Krista Bethke said that this year’s Field Day went very well and also applauded all the parent volunteers and the PTO for their help. She said that the Summer Literacy Camp will take place once again for students who need a little extra focus on reading.

The district’s food service program will be providing breakfast and lunch from June 19 – August 11, while various camps and summer programs are taking place.  The free service is available from 8-8:45 for breakfast and 11 – 11:45 for lunch, although those times may be adjusted as needed.  Students that are attending band camp this year will be fed also, which is new this year.

The board approved a bid for grounds/lawn services from Precision Cutz, LLC at a cost of $11,880 for mowing from July 1 – November 30.  Precision Cutz will do all of the grounds with the exception of the athletic fields, which school personnel will maintain.

They also approved the purchase of equipment for a remodel at the elementary school in the amount of $24,188.91 as well as a new dishwasher table and installation at the intermediate school. The funds will come from the food service budget, out of the fund balance.

The board approved a resolution which supp