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Committee seeking donations to renovate Miller Elementary’s playground


This year, Miller Elementary has formed a Playground Restoration Committee, recognizing the importance of physical activity, fun, and safety at school. In alignment with our motto, “Completely Committed to Kids!”, we have a strong need to renovate the existing playground equipment and create a playscape that is of adequate size, age appropriate, safe, and of course, fun for our students. The new playground will comply with current playground safety standards, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will be manufactured in the USA.

At this time, we are reaching out to our families and community businesses and asking for your financial support. The goal is to charitably raise $50,000. Our school district has generously offered to match each donation to help complete the construction of this project! Any unused or additional funds collected will be applied to a playground maintenance fund.

Ideally, the MPRC hopes to bring the new playground to Miller in time for the 2018-2019 school year, and we ask for your support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal of providing a new playground for all the children of our community and their families.

To donate to the playground fund, please send a check payable to Miller Elementary with “playground” noted on the memo line, attn: Meghan McPherson. Donations can be dropped off at Miller or mailed to: Miller Elementary, 18955 Hannan Road, New Boston, MI 48164. Upon the receipt of your donation, we will happily provide you with a receipt for tax purposes. Thank you in advance for your support!

To show appreciation for your support, all donors will be recognized in the monthly Pony Express newsletter and on various Miller Facebook pages. Donations will be leveled as follows: bronze ($150 – $499), silver ($500 – $999), gold ($1,000 – $2,499), platinum ($2,500 – $4,999), and diamond ($5,000 or more). Bronze and silver level donations will receive a brick paver on the playground. Gold, platinum, and diamond donors will receive signage along the fence surrounding the area.

If you have any questions regarding the playground, would like to help, or are interested in donating, please contact Meghan McPherson at

Source: Meghan McPherson, Miller PTO co-treasurer


Huron School Board to interview 5 candidates for superintendent

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

The Huron School Board has narrowed their search for a new superintendent who will takeover for retiring Superintendent Richard Naughton on Feb. 1, 2018.

Related: Huron School District superintendent to retire

The school board met on Oct. 9 to review 27 applicants who applied for the position.

The five candidates selected to move forward will interview during sessions open to the public on Oct. 16 and 17 inside of the Huron High School Library.

Interview sessions on both days are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

A second round of interviews is then planned for Oct. 23.

The school board has been assisted during the search process by Dr. Rodney Green, Michigan Association of School Boards consultant.

Candidates and the times they will be interviewed are as follows:

Monday, Oct 16:

6 p.m. — Julie Brown, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum/Instruction at Linden Community Schools since 2014. Previously, she was Middle School Principal in Linden beginning in 2004. Also, she was High School Assistant Principal in Carmen-Ainsworth for four years. She taught English and math and coached for eight years in Ravenna and Carmen-Ainsworth.

7 p.m. — Pamela Campbell, Superintendent at Columbia Community Schools since 2012. Previously, she served as Superintendent of Lansing Christian School, Montpelier Schools and Tekonsha Schools over twelve years. Also, she was principal and assistant principal in Jonesville, Assistant Director of a conference center and taught math and computer applications.

8 p.m. — Donovan Rowe, Principal at Huron High School since 2008. Previously, he served as assistant principal for five years. He has also taught English, coached and held various leadership positions in the district.

Tuesday October 17:

6 p.m. — Rick Carsten, Superintendent at Ida Public Schools since 2010. Previously, he served as High School Principal at Genesee Schools for nine years. He also was High School Principal in Bath, Assistant Principal in Forest Hills, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director in Durand, and taught math at Flint Northern High School.

7 p.m. — Andy Shaw, Superintendent at Mason Consolidated Schools since 2015. Previously, he served as Superintendent at Pittsford for seven years. Also, he served as an elementary principal in Pittsford, taught fourth grade and coached in Hudson.


Elementary students show their patriotism during Citizenship Day

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor —

Students and staff at Brown Elementary in New Boston hosted a special Citizenship Day ceremony outside of the school Tuesday morning.

Participants sang patriotic songs, waved American flags, and honored first responders and veterans who were on hand during the event.

The Huron Hub live streamed the ceremony on Facebook. Below are two videos from the event. Depending on your internet browser’s settings, you may have to click the audio button to turn on each video’s sound.

Beginning of the ceremony

The National Anthem

Special meeting will discuss search for new superintendent of Huron Schools

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor —

A special school board meeting will be held Monday evening to discuss the open position for the Huron School District’s open superintendent position.

A forum will be conducted by Dr. Rod Green, Michigan Association of School Boards consultant, starting at 6 p.m. in the high school media center.

Green will provide an overview of the search process and will ask for input from community members regarding the criteria to be used in evaluating candidates.

Related: Huron School District superintendent to retire

Photo gallery: Back-to-school in Huron Township

It’s back-to-school in Huron Township!

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor —

Huron Hub readers shared over 100 back-to-school photos Tuesday on our Facebook page.

The response was overwhelming!

Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, family, and staff members in the Huron district, who shared their special moments with us.

There is so much school pride in this community — it’s amazing.

Have a great school year!


Back-to-school photo gallery. Photos submitted by readers, everywhere. 

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STEM lab opens at Renton Junior High School

Renton Junior High officially opened up their new STEM lab (science, technology, engineering and math) with an open house on the evening of Monday, Aug. 28. Superintendent Richard Naughton, along with building principal Kurt Mrocko, welcomed guests to view and interact with students in the new lab.

Among guests to attend was Wayne County RESA Superintendent Dr. Randy Liepa. Dr. Liepa toured the full lab, speaking to both staff and students about some the new equipment; which includes 3D printers, laser engravers, a vinyl cut printer, and even a bench-top CNC (computer numerical control) milling machine. The staff and the students helped explain to guests some of the practical uses for the machines in the lab, and how they are used in the curriculum.

Other guests to the lab included township treasurer and former school board member Colleen Lazere, former long time school board member Alice Ferguson, current school board members, as well as parents of students in the Huron School District.

Current Renton students were also there to explain the new engineering kits that are a part of the new curriculum. These kits help the students explore real world problem solving through computer-based modules that include building and computer coding to come up with an acceptable solution.

Naughton thanked the people of Huron Township in his remarks. He stressed that this lab would not have been possible without their support on the Wayne County millage vote last November.

Source: Carrie Fisher, assistant principal

Huron Schools invites public to open forum for superintendent search

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor —

Following the announcement that current Huron Schools Superintendent Richard Naughton plans to step down January 31, an open forum for public input regarding the search for his replacement has been scheduled.

The forum will take place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the library inside of Huron High School, 32044 Huron River Drive.

The district says that the Huron Schools Board of Education recently requested the Michigan Association of School Boards to help with conducting their search for the new superintendent.

The forum will be hosted by Dr. Rod Green, MASB consultant.

During the forum, Green will provide an overview of the search process and receive input from community members regarding the criteria used in evaluating candidates.

The district asks residents to visit and click on the special link on the homepage to complete an online survey regarding the search for the next superintendent.