11-15-2018 Hartford School Board supports overnight trips; introduces police officer hired for adde

Hartford School Board supports overnight trips; introduces police officer hired for added safety at after hours school events

By Jon Bisnett Amid the usual sundry tasks of the October 18 Business Meeting of the Hartford Public School, approval was granted for a pair of overnight trips and also formally introduced a new police presence for added safety in the District. Officer on campus Hartford Public Schools formally announced that they are in partnership with the Hartford Police Department to provide the services of Officer Brandon Crossman working at all evening activities, athletics, music, conferences and the like throughout the district whenever school is in session.

Hartford School Board considers marketing firm By Jon Bisnett The Hartford Public School District Board heard a proposal by King Media at a special meeting held Thursday, November 8. The Board is considering engagement of a marketing firm to work with the school in area branding and public relations to remain competitive in the business of operating a school district in the ever-changing landscape of a school of choice environment. Owner Coleen King outlined a detailed process including extensive Market Research, Brand Articulation and Communications Planning that combined with contractual services for Public Relations and Crisis Management would provide the district with a clear path to, as King quotes, “…get everyone singing from the same hymnal.” Unification of branding and single-source planned public relations efforts would be emphasized to provide a clear and consistent message to both stakeholders and those outside the immediate community as to the full advantages offered by the district. King had estimated a net loss of some $400,000 in school funding to the district due to schools of choice deficit over an unspecified interval. (Most recent enrollment was actually up for the past two years.) With clients of note such as Michigan State University, Lakeshore Public Schools, Plymouth-Canton Public Schools, New Buffalo Area Schools and numerous awards from PR News to their credit, the King Media team carries a strong reputation for results of which King noted in addition includes a 100% success rate on school bond campaigns. As an information session only no formal action was taken by the Board, President Ben Chambers indicated additional discussion was warranted along with consideration by the district Finance Committee before any decision would be made.

JAZZED ABOUT MUSIC… Coloma Choirs announce students pictured (from the left) Jarod Martin, Lilly Trapp, and Dalton Jenkins have been accepted into the 2nd Annual Michigan All State Jazz Choir. These three students auditioned and were selected to be a part of a twenty member ensemble that will perform at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids on January 25, 2019. Coloma Community Schools are very proud of these students’ achievements! #GoComets!

Watervliet participates in American Express Small Town Saturday campaign November 24; DDA pays for advertising, hosts Holiday Bazaar

By Amy Loshbough The Watervliet Downtown Development Authority along with many Watervliet City and Township businesses are participating this year in the national American Express campaign Shop Small on November 24. FREE ADS & HOLIDAY WREATHS The DDA decided they wanted to make an offer for FREE advertising to all businesses in Watervliet who would like to participate. Not only did these businesses get free print and radio advertising they also received a fresh holiday wreath provided by the DDA to mark they are open for Small Town Saturday. With the help of City Manager Tyler Dotson downtown Watervliet will be in full holiday decoration for this Shop Small Saturday. Approximately 15 businesses are taking full advantage of this special offer and promoting their businesses on this day offering specials anywhere from 10%-50% OFF normal prices. Some businesses are even offering FREE gifts with every purchase, refreshments, drawings, live music and much more. See their ads on Page 6.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR The DDA has also planned a Holiday Bazaar for Small Town