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Schools face $1 billion in new costs before safely reopening in the fall, says Tri-County Alliance


Posted by The Huron Hub | June 24, 2020

The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education (TCA) shared cost projections and considerations with Governor Whitmer and legislative leaders that outline requirements and regulations schools will likely need to adhere to in order to reopen safely in the fall. The expected requirements, based on preliminary guidance from federal and local health departments, will add more than $1 billion in new costs for school districts statewide for the upcoming school year. Without additional support, this equates to $665 per-pupil that would be diverted from students’ education.

“We are hearing loud and clear from parents that they want their kids back in the classrooms this fall, and that they will, understandably, demand schools meet or exceed health and safety guidelines in order to do so,” said Mark Greathead, Superintendent of Woodhaven-Brownstown Schools and TCA President. “Schools, as it stands, are not prepared to take on new costs related to COVID-19 and are in critical need of immediate funding from the state and federal government.”

In order to implement safe reopening plans while adhering to guidelines from the CDC, state and local health departments, TCA estimates schools must plan to take on the following additional health and safety costs:

  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Masks: Recommend two per day for every student and staff
      • $14 million – $17 million per month for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb
      • $35 million – $47 million per month statewide
    • Gloves: Recommend 100 disposable gloves available daily per school
      • $4 million – $8 million per month statewide
    • Thermometers:
      • $2.2 million for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb
      • $6.3 million statewide
    • Cleaning and Sanitization Supplies:
      • $9 million per month for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb
      • $25 million statewide
  • Online Connectivity: Equity periods of remote learning means ensuring students are on a level playing field by providing every student with a device on connectivity to keep on pace with peers
    • $125 million – $200 million statewide
  • Continued food distribution if students are not in school all day, every day
    • $24.5 million for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb
    • $67.8 million statewide

Beyond resources and funding, TCA urged the Governor and legislative leaders to allow for flexibility in operations. The student evaluations, requirements and regulations schools traditionally adhere to—such as the third grade reading law, teacher evaluations and how per-pupil counts will be determined—will  likely not reflect how schools will deliver services this upcoming year and will, more than likely, take time and resources away from schools when they are already struggling to meet requirements and costs related to COVID-19. Yesterday, Georgia became the first state to seek federal approval from the U.S. Education Department to waive standardize testing for the 2020-2021 school year. TCA encourages Michigan’s Governor and legislative leaders to make that same request.

“It is our recommendation that certain student and teacher evaluations and related requirements for the upcoming year be suspended or waived in order for schools to focus their efforts on serving students in the manner that best fits the needs of their local communities,” Greathead said. “We also continue to call on Congress to provide additional stimulus dollars and greater flexibility in the funds already provided.”

View the full list of considerations and cost projections for fall 2020 here.

The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education is a coalition of education leaders “committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools across Michigan,” according to the alliance. Comprised of Superintendents from every district in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, they are collectively responsible for educating over 500,000 students.

Article source: The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education


 

Free Press: Huron High School alumni asking district to stop using Native American mascot

Huron High School seen on May 17, 2020 (Huron Hub photo)


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 22, 2020

A group of Huron High School alumni is asking the Huron School District to stop using Native American imagery as its mascot, according to a Detroit Free Press report published Monday.

The report by the Free Press says the former students wrote a letter to Superintendent Donovan Rowe recently asking that the district “denounce the use of Native American stereotypes and imagery in all Huron School District capacities,” according to the Free Press report.

Rowe acknowledged the group and responded with a statement.

Read the superintendent’s response in the entire report in The Detroit Free Press 

Some of the alumni organizing the cause gathered in front of the high school last Friday wearing face masks in photos published by the Free Press.

The organizers said they planned to attend Monday’s school board meeting.

Huron Hub readers — what are your thoughts? Should mascot branding like what’s used in Huron Schools be renamed? Share your responses on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


 

Here’s a list of weekend construction in Metro Detroit for June 19-22


The Huron Hub
Posted Friday, June 19, 2020

Heading anywhere this weekend to enjoy the summer? Here’s a list of weekend construction projects around Metro Detroit for June 19-22. Work is weather dependent.

I-75:

Oakland – NB I-75, John R to I-696, 1 LANE OPEN, Sat 7am-7pm.

Oakland – NB I-75 at Walton CLOSED INTERMITTENTLY, Sat 6am-10am.

Oakland – SB I-75 RAMP CLOSED to NB Joslyn, Fri 7am-6pm.

Oakland – NB/SB Rochester Rd CLOSED at I-75, Fri 9pm-Sat noon.

I-94:

Macomb – EB I-94, M-29/23 Mile to County Line Rd, 1 LANE OPEN, Sat 4am-Sun 4:30pm.

Macomb – 25 Mile Rd Carpool Lot at & M-19/New Haven CLOSED, Fri 7pm-Mon 6am.

Macomb/Wayne – WB I-94 CLOSED, I-696 to Conner, Fri 8pm-Mon 5am. All on/off ramps closed.

Wayne – EB/WB I-94, Wyoming to 2nd Ave, 1 LANE OPEN, 2 moving lane closures, Fri 9pm-Mon 5am.

Wayne – EB I-94, Rawsonville to Haggerty, 1 LANE OPEN, Fri 8pm-Mon 5am.

Wayne – EB 94 RAMP CLOSED to Rawsonville and NB/SB Rawsonville RAMP CLOSED to EB I-94, Fri 8pm-Mon 5am.

I-696:

Macomb – EB I-696, M-3/Gratiot to I-94, right lane closed, Fri 8pm-Mon 5am.

Macomb – EB I-696 RAMP CLOSED to WB I-94, Fri 8pm-Mon 5am.

M-3: (Gratiot)

Macomb – NB/SB M-3 RAMP CLOSED to EB I-696, Fri 8pm-Mon 5am.

M-19: (New Haven Rd)

Macomb – 25 Mile Rd Carpool Lot at & M-19/New Haven CLOSED, Fri 7pm-Mon 6am

M-59:

Macomb – WB M-59, I-94 to Romeo Plank, left lane moving lane closure, Fri 9am-3pm.


 

Whitmer announces steps for school reopening in the fall

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Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 17, 2020

Governor Whitmer announced Wednesday that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan.

Schools in the state will have to follow strict safety measures for in-person learning.

A statement from Whitmer also announced that on June 30, she will release an executive order and document called “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” that will provide details on what will be required and what will be recommended for schools.

Whitmer said the need for support and flexibility from the federal government will help ensure resources for students and educators.

“Our students and educators have made incredible sacrifices these past few months to protect themselves and their families from the spread of COVID-19,” Whitmer said. “Thanks to our aggressive action against this virus, those who have done their part to flatten the curve, and the heroes on the front lines, I am optimistic that we will return to in-person learning in the fall. Schools must make sure to enact strict safety measures to continue protecting educators, students, and their families. I will continue working closely with the Return to Learn Advisory Council and leaders in health care to ensure we get this right, but we also need more flexibility and support from the federal government. This crisis has had serious implications on our budget, and we need federal support if we’re going to get this right for our kids.”

The Return to School plan will align closely with the MI Safe Start Plan, she said.

Whitmer said districts, students, staff, and families must be nimble and be prepared to move backwards if there is evidence of community spread of the virus.

“The most important thing we can do when developing a return to school plan is closely examine the data and remain vigilant in our steps to fight this virus,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I will continue to work closely with Governor Whitmer and the Return to Learn Advisory Council to ensure we continue to put the health and safety of our students and educators first. This is a big step, and we will remain flexible to protect everyone who steps foot in a Michigan school.”

The Roadmap will set the minimum health and safety requirements, although districts may choose to enact more aggressive ones in consultation with local public health officials.

These minimum requirements will apply to all schools, including traditional public, charter, private, and parochial schools.

On May 15, Whitmer signed Executive Order No. 2020-88 creating the COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council.

“The Advisory Council was created to identify the critical issues that must be addressed, provide valuable input to inform the process of returning to school, and to ensure a smooth and safe transition back to school. The Council will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the COVID-19 Task Force on Education, and will develop and submit recommendations to the COVID-19 Task Force on Education regarding the safe, equitable, and efficient K-12 return to school in the Fall,” a statement from Whitmer said.

Related: Here is an end of school year update from Huron School District superintendent 


 

For the Love Bakeshop to host pop-up shop in Flat Rock June 26-28

For the Love Bakeshop & Café offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events. Photo courtesy Michele Bezue.


For the Love Bakeshop & Café, a vibrant new bakery cafe opening in July at the corner of Telegraph Rd and East Huron River Dr, is the latest on a growing list of eateries and small businesses revitalizing the downtown Flat Rock community. The shop is driven by a sense of purpose around fresh, local, real food. For the Love offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events. 

For the Love will host a pop up shop June 26–28, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily ahead of their upcoming July opening. Space is limited due to current COVID-19 regulations and guests will be served first come, first served.

The creators of For the Love hope to do more than just serve great food. From its beginnings, the shop has been designed to nourish the community in both body and spirit every hour that they are open. From staff whose mandate is to treat all neighbors with familiarity and love, to the authentic and natural food that is served, just as they would serve to their own families. Additionally, The For the Love of Neighbor program was an integral part of developing the eatery and offers a generous opportunity for guests to pay it forward when they can. Neighbors can support their fellow community members in need, by purchasing a Breakfast Break or Lunch with Love Benefit that a guest can use to pay for their meal whether they simply forgot their wallet or truly don’t know where their next meal will come from. The business will even share in the cost by offering a discount for any neighbors who choose to share the love. 

“It’s definitely something that’s close to home,” says Nichole Kahl, For the Love’s General Manager, “It’s a great feeling paying your bills on time, but sometimes your food runs out before your next check and that’s ok, it happens.  Our FTLON benefit is there to help those who are in need, in any way!”

For the Love uses Ingredients that are local whenever possible and always the highest quality and the fare is multicultural, based on the creators’ life experiences around the world. The menu includes a variety of breakfast, lunch and bakery items, handcrafted fresh daily. Gourmet sandwiches, refreshing salads, indulgent bakery goods including cakes, brownies, pastry, cookies and more are just some of what you will find on the counter and in the pastry case. An elevated coffee program includes coffee from several metro Detroit roasters, including the new Flat Rock roaster, Hooked on a Bean. For events and meetings, For the Love offers a full catering menu, which can be served in-house, picked up or delivered to your office or home. 

Menu favorites include the, always popular, Black Velvet Cake with Bruleed House-made Marshmallow and Double Cocoa Brownies that your mouth just will not believe. For breakfast, there is an unforgettable variety of bread and muffins in flavors like Morning Glory Banana and Lemon Thyme, as well as savory favorites like Bacon and Egg Brioche Buns and Kale Cheddar Sausage & Egg Muffins. The lunch menu boasts a variety of individual pizzas, scratch-made soups and sandwiches and baked treats like beef bourguignon pot pie and more.

For the Love Bakeshop & Café is located at 28773 Telegraph Rd in the former Premion building, newly rehabbed and home to several new and exciting Flat Rock businesses. The shop will open for carryout and delivery plus limited seating and events in July from 11 am – 6 pm. Keep up on progress and Grand Opening announcement at www.forthelovecafe.com and on social media on Facebook and Instagram as @forthelovecafe. Contact For the Love at 734.210.0290 and email at info@forthelovecafe.com.

Article submitted by: Michele Bezue


 

Expect occasional lane closures on I-94 between I-275 and Huron Street through fall


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 12, 2020

 

Drivers should expect occasional lane closures on I-94 between I-275 and Huron Street in Ypsilanti through fall.

MDOT says it is investing $7 million to repair 9.5 miles of I-94 from just east of Huron Street in Washtenaw County to just east of I-275 in Wayne County.

The work includes pavement repairs on the freeway and ramps, joint repairs and resealing, drainage clean-out, diamond grinding, and replacing the truck weigh scale at the Belleville Rest Area.

The work will being Thursday, June 18 at 8 p.m.

TRAFFIC DETAILS:

Eastbound and westbound I-94 will remain open with lane closures varying during days, nights and weekends.

All lanes will remain open during morning and afternoon drive times.

Single-lane closures may occur on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Up to two lanes may be closed during weeknight work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Weekend work will occur from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, with one lane open.

MDOT says the road construction project is essential. Transportation workers in the field follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines to limit their risk of getting sick.


 

Dreamstreet Realty opens in downtown New Boston

Dreamstreet Realty opened recently at 36974 Huron River Drive in downtown New Boston. Photo courtesy Brandy Sayger.


Posted Friday, June 12, 2020

Dreamstreet Realty is beyond excited about opening up in downtown New Boston!

We are a family brokerage that serves all of southeast Michigan. We come from five generations and a century of real estate experience and wisdom dating back to 1922.

It is our dream to continue the tradition of trust and excellence before us while continuing to grow and stay on the modern edge of real estate.

We would love to assist you when buying or selling your home. We make realty dreams a reality!

Brandy Sayger, Broker
Dreamstreet Realty

Dreamstreet Realty is located at 36974 Huron River Drive. You can contact their office at 734-606-5333.


 

Huron Township fire department millage proposal will be on August primary ballot


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will have a millage request on the Aug. 4 Primary Election ballot.

The wording was approved by the Huron Township Board of Trustees during a recent meeting.

The millage is specific to the Huron Township Fire Department and Emergency Dispatch Center for use to upgrade equipment, make building improvements, and purchase fire response vehicles such as fire trucks, said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Robbins and Fire Chief Jamie Hinojosa will be conducting a series of town hall meetings over the next several weeks to speak to residents regarding the millage.

Announcements for these meetings will be made on The Huron Hub, as well as the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page.

“This is an important millage for the future of the fire service here in Huron Township. It is important that we try and secure funds to improve our fire department’s facilities and emergency response equipment. Make no mistake, we have an incredible group of men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our community. The clear goal here is to make sure we can provide them with the necessary tools to keep themselves safe as they serve our residents, especially when time is critical,” Robbins said.

“It is not in any way lost on us as to how the Pandemic has affected our residents economically. While we realize that there is never a perfect time to ask the community for a millage, I was able to see first-hand how important our staff was to our community over the past few months as we battled COVID-19. As not only the Director, but also as a resident, I could not be prouder of how our Fire Staff represented our community during the pandemic. My hope is that as a community, we can thank them for their service by at least considering and hopefully supporting a millage that will give them the equipment they need to provide Huron Township with the quality service we have come to expect and deserve.”

The fire department is looking for volunteers to be a part of a citizen millage committee. The committee will assist the public safety department with getting information out to residents.

Residents interested in volunteering are asked to email Robbins at erobbins@hurontwppd.us

“All of our fire department facilities are in desperate need of repair and we have several expensive future needs such as our ladder truck that will need replacement in the near future. This is an opportunity to define and shape the way we deliver fire services to our residents into the future,” Robbins said. “We have a lot of work to do in the next couple months to connect with the community and answer any questions they may have. I want our residents to feel free to email or call me anytime.”

Here is the official wording on the ballot for the millage:

Seen here is the department’s 1992 Pierce fire truck (28-years-old). Robbins said, as an example of future needs, the replacement cost of a platform aerial bucket ladder truck comparable to our current equipment is approximately $930,000.00. This does not include funds that may be needed for equipment to outfit the truck. (Photos courtesy Huron Department of Public Safety)


 

Huron Township bars and restaurants open for dine-in service


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

Huron Township bars and restaurants have announced they are open for dine-in service.

On June 1, Governor Whitmer announced that bars and restaurants could reopen following a forced closing in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Restaurants that open will be required to maintain additional safety measures and guidelines, including a capacity limit inside of the business.

Some local restaurants have posted on social media that they are now open for dine-in.

 

A phone call to Woodside Meadows golf course confirmed that they are also open for dine-in service. The business does not operate a social media page. They are located at 20820 Inkster Road.

This article will be updated regularly. If you own or operate a local restaurant that’s not included here, please email your information to Editor@HuronHub.com


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Thousands of DTE customers are without power as of Thursday morning

(Photo courtesy DTE)


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

8:30 a.m. EST

There are power outages all across the state following a stormy Wednesday afternoon and evening.

A large portion of southwest Wayne County, including parts of New Boston and Romulus, remain without power Thursday morning after storms blew through the area last night.

Areas in Belleville are also without service.

A check of the DTE outage map shows over 2,000 customers in the southwest portion of the county are currently without power.

“We are currently assessing damage caused by the severe thunderstorms moving across Southeast Michigan. Estimates for restoring your power may take several hours to prepare and could change once crews arrive on scene and fully assess equipment damage. Remember to stay 20 feet away from downed power lines and if you see crews in your neighborhood stay at least six feet away,” DTE said in a statement.

DTE outage map screen shot shows thousands without power in southwest Wayne County on Thursday morning after a night of storms. (Screen shot made at 8:30 a.m. on June 11, 2020)

The yellow portion on the map represents over 1,000 DTE customers without power.

The map cites wind damage for the majority of the local outages.

Restoration times are around 7:30 p.m. according to the DTE map.