08-31-2017 Panthers pack their bags – head back to school; Lansing legislators ease the grip of zero

Panthers pack their bags – head back to school

OPEN HOUSE… Approx-imately 50 persons attended the open house last Friday noon to mark 4 years of operation of the Orchard Hill Generation Station on Hennessey Road in Water-vliet Township. The visitors, including legislators, local officials and business leaders, got a tour of the operating plant which converts landfill methane gas to electricity, an explanation of the benefits of producing electric power for nearly 2,000 homes while cleanly consuming methane gas, and lunch. Since the plant began operation, it has produced 105 million Mega Watts of renewable energy.


Kristy Noack

Yellow school buses begin lumbering along their routes Tuesday, September 5 as the littlest to the biggest Panthers head back to school in Watervliet.

Class lists have been posted, calendars updated, and it’s time for the school bell to ring! Panthers aplenty begin their 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, September 5 with a half day at all buildings.

With Phase 2 construction complete at the middle and high schools, as well as ancillary scope work finishing up, the buildings are in top, ship-shape condition.

At South Elementary, principal Carole Fetke and her staff are ready to welcome students in the Young 5 program as well as kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

South Elementary is located at 433 Lucinda Lane, and you can reach staff by phoning (269) 463-0860. The office opens at 7:40 a.m.; with breakfast beginning at 7:55 a.m. Classes begin promptly at 8:10 a.m.

South School dismisses students at 3:20 p.m.

There will be one new teacher at South this year. Jennifer Wagner, a preschool teacher, joins the staff.

Over at North Elementary, 287 Baldwin Avenue, principal Joe Allen is readying the troops, including his new hires.

Alaina Bongiorno is the newest fifth-grade teacher at North. Ashlee Tilly will take her place in the fourth-grade classroom at the elementary as well.

North Elementary hosts grades three through five.  The school is seeking helpers for its Reading Counts program, which will be held Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Opportunities to volunteer your talents abound! Just give the office a call at (269) 463-0820. Volunteers must pass a background check.

North Elementary office opens at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is at 7:45 a.m., and classes begin at 8:00 a.m. The dismissal bell rings at 3:10 p.m.

Dave Armstrong, principal at Watervliet Middle School, and his staff are set to welcome back students in sixth through eighth grades. Students will notice some welcome changes as the halls and classrooms have seen technology updates as well as new flooring and classroom changes.

Superintendent Kevin Schooley and Armstrong may have been a little concerned last week after the power was out for five days at the middle school. A contractor was conducting soil boring sampling when the power line was hit requiring new underground lines to be installed. The lines are functioning at 100% and the school, located at 450 E. Red Arrow Highway is ready for students.

The Middle School office opens at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast following at 7:40 a.m. Classes begin at 7:55 a.m., a