Friday, December 2, 2011
School districts will no longer have a choice on when to hold board elections.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill this week that amends the Michigan Election Law to require school board elections to coincide with general November elections. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, election of all school board candidates must take place in November of even-numbered years to coincide with local, state and federal general elections. "Utilizing a standard election cycle will cut administrative costs and help schools maintain focus on educating students," Snyder said in a press release Tuesday. "This change also allows for more consolidated elections so voters have the best opportunity to make their voices heard." In May, Utica Community Schools spent more than $90,000 when it held school board elections for three open positions on the odd …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The Chippewa Valley board of education presented the Chippewa Valley and Dakota high school girls swim and dive teams with certificates of recognition Nov. 7.
Boasting team championships, state qualifiers and possible All Americans, the Chippewa Valley and Dakota high school girls swim and dive teams have accomplished much this season. The Chippewa Valley board of education recognized these accomplishments Nov. 7, awarding certificates of recognition to the more than two dozen Big Red and Dakota swimmers and divers in attendance. "You are truly an exemplary group of young athletes," said Ron Roberts, Chippewa Valley superintendent. "You are the reason why people hold our school district in such high regard. Thank you for your dedication to your team and to each other, our entire school community can be proud of everything you have accomplished" Roberts added notes of thanks to teams' coaches and…
New standards, adopted by the State Board of Education in September, changed state cut scores on the MEAP and MME to make the test more rigorous.
In reviewing the results of the Michigan Department of Education’s “retrospective look” at 2010 MEAP and MME scores, local school administrators said they were not surprised to find Macomb districts showing a decline in proficiency levels. “We weren’t surprised, but when you look at (the scores), regardless of what you know is coming, and you look at them in black and white, it’s shocking,” said Ron Roberts, Chippewa Valley Schools superintendent. With state scoring standards for the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and Michigan Merit Exam (MME) slated to change in 2012, school districts were given a retrospective look at how their students would fare had these new scoring standards been in place. Students now need to get …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse, Utica and New Haven school districts do not have classes Nov. 8.
With almost all of Macomb Township's public schools doubling as election precincts Tuesday, students in Chippewa Valley Schools, Utica Community Schools, New Haven Community Schools and L'Anse Creuse Public Schools will not have classes Nov. 8. School will resume for all students Nov. 9. Polls open in Macomb Township at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Read more about the proposed special education millage on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Do you have what it takes to win Macomb Township trivia? Take a guess and see.
Welcome players new and old to this week's series of Macomb Township Morning Trivia! For those of you just joining us, it's easy to get in the game. Every morning we ask a question about something to do with Macomb Township and you take your best guess at the answer in the comments section below. The first person to get the question correct on the day it was asked earns 2 points. Everyone else who also gets it right on the same day gets 1 point. We'll keep a running tally and at the end of the week, see who is on top. Here goes: It is tradition in Chippewa Valley to name schools after Native American tribes. However, two schools in the district are not named after tribes, but rather individuals. Name one of these schools. (Hint: One is …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
We've compiled a map of the precincts in use in Macomb Township for the Nov. 8 election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Come election day, voters will have only one issue to contend with, but that issue promises to directly affect the wallet of each and every property owner in Macomb Township. On Nov. 8, voters will be asked to pass or reject a special education millage, the proceeds of which will be used to offset recent state and federal funding losses in Macomb County's 21 school districts and the Macomb Intermediate School District. The 1.2-mill property tax proposal is expected to raise $27.5 million, or $206 per pupil across the county when first levied in 2011. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Find the location of your precinct using the interactive map above. If you do not know your precinct, visit the Michigan Votes website. Michigan voters…
Friday, November 4, 2011
A look at recent MEAP and MME scores by Macomb Township students under the state's new cut scores show a drop in the percentage deemed "proficient."
The Michigan Department of Education on Thursday released what it calls a “retrospective look” at how students would have fared on past MEAP and MME exams if new scoring standards had been in place–and none of Macomb Township’s public school districts escaped the statewide decline in proficiency levels. The new standards, adopted by the State Board of Education in September, changed state cut scores—the scores used by schools to determine whether a student is advanced, proficient, partially proficient or not proficient in certain subjects. Overall, the results released Thursday show a major decline in student test scores on the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) in math, reading, science and …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Do you have what it takes to win Macomb Township trivia? Take a guess and see.
Good morning, Macomb! Here's today's question: Sequoyah Elementary School is the home of the what? Name the school's mascot. The answer to yesterday's question is 1853. Here's the leaderboard as it stands today:
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A recent Plante Moran audit of Chippewa Valley Schools’ 2010-11 finances shows the district on the plus side.
Although a recent audit of Chippewa Valley Schools’ 2010-11 finances shows the district on the plus side, district administrators such as Assistant Superintendent for Business & Operations Scott Sederlund believe this snapshot can be misleading. “Last year we got federal EduJobs money, about $3.5 million, but that was one-time money,” Sederlund said. “We do not have that money for this year. Our revenues typically exceed our expenditures by only a few thousand dollars. We would just break even.” Finishing the 2010-11 school year with total revenue just over $135 million and total expenditures just over $131 million, the district was able to deposit around $3.7 million into its rainy day fund. However, much of this extra $3.7 million was …
Sunday, October 16, 2011
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Some weeks pass excruciatingly slow, while others are over before you know it. Either way, it's no easy task to find time every day to check the news. To help you stay up-to-date, we've rounded up the most interesting and important news headlines you may have missed in Macomb Township this week: Government Schools Sports Community Business Deals Don't forget about Patch Deal's of the Day, too! These daily deals will help readers save up to 90 percent on local products and services from some of the best businesses in the area. They will appear at the top of our homepage, above the stories. You can sign up for the deals by going to the "Notifications Settings" in your profile and click Patch Deals. Or just sign up for our daily e-newsletter.