2016-06-16 / News Briefs

In brief

Lunch to cost more

SWARTZ CREEK – School lunch prices will increase for the 2016-17 school year.

The Board of Education on Wednesday, June 8, approved a 10-cent increase in student lunch costs. Elementary students will pay $2.35 next school year. Students at the High School and Middle School will pay $2.85. – L.R.

Tech purchase OK’d

SWARTZ CREEK – Dieck Elementary is getting 10 new interactive, flat-panel TVs.

VSC of Novi submitted the lowest of three bids, offering to provide the products, installation, accessories, software and more for $71,244.

The district will use Title I money to pay for the technology. Title I is a federal program that provides funds for improving academic opportunities for disadvantaged students. – L.R.

SCMS getting bleachers

SWARTZ CREEK – Interkal, a Kalamazoo-based company, will install new bleachers at the Middle School this summer.

Interkal was the low bidder at $39,438, which includes removing the existing bleachers.

The new bleachers, which will be plastic, will be manufactured in Kalamazoo and will increase seating from about 384 to about 450. – L.R.

Resignation accepted

SWARTZ CREEK – Amy Lougheed, bus driver and caregiver, has resigned from the Swartz Creek Community Schools effective June 1.

The Board of Education accepted her resignation last week. – L.R.

Hawkins appointed

GAINES TOWNSHIP – John Hawkins is the new deputy treasurer for the township.

Treasurer Diane Hyrman appointed Hawkins last month. – L.R.

Rumbold hired

GAINES TOWNSHIP – The township Board of Trustees has hired Melissa Rumbold to clean the township hall.

Rumbold, who also works for the township fire department, will earn $75 for dusting, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms, mopping the floor in the meeting hall and washing windows every two weeks.

The township has had trouble finding someone to tackle the job at a reasonable rate. When officials solicited bids, the proposals came in around $300 per month, according to Supervisor Paul Fortino.

Clerk Michael Dowler had been handling the added tasks since the work arrangement with the previous cleaners was severed several months ago.

The board voted 4-1 to hire Rumbold. Trustee Chuck Timmons has the dissenting vote. – L.R.

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