2017-08-17 / News Briefs

In brief

Team to address attendance

SWARTZ CREEK – Swartz Creek Community Schools administrators are putting together an attendance task force to keep students in school.

“At the high school, the attendance policy was punitive, for the most part,” said Superintendent Ben Mainka. “But there was no intervention for how to try to get students to school.”

Mainka said high school Principal Jim Kitchen is working on procedures for reaching out to students who are often tardy or absent.

“We’re trying to enact some proactive measures,” said Mainka. – L.R.

Lunch prices increasing

SWARTZ CREEK – The cost for school lunches is going up for the 2017-18 school year. The board of education voted Wednesday, Aug. 9, to increase the price per meal by 10 cents. – L.R.

Board passes on Narcan

SWARTZ CREEK – The board of education has opted not to stock naloxone in the schools. Naloxone is a life-saving drug administered to people who have overdosed on opioids.

School administrators say their decision is based on the proximity to hospitals, as well as police and emergency medical agencies who keep the drug on hand. – L.R.

Staff changes at SCCS

SWARTZ CREEK – The Swartz Creek Community Schools Board of Education has approved the following resignations: Bonnie Swain, a middle school teacher; Lisa Rader, a 5th grade teacher at Gaines Elementary; and, Dawn Weston, cashier/ server at the high school.

The school board also approved hiring Stacy Pascuzzo as executive director of Business and Finance. She replaces Jon Pechette who left last month to take a job with the Ingham Intermediate School District.

Pascuzzo, one of five candidates, grew up in the Gaines area and worked for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Genesee Intermediate School District, Goodrich Area Schools and Westwood Heights Schools. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. – L.R.

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