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Voters support Huron Schools bond proposal during special election


Posted by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub — Tuesday, May 7, 9:35 p.m. — Updated 10:15 p.m.

The Huron Schools bond proposal was passed by voters Tuesday during a special election.

Here are the unofficial results from the clerk’s office:

2,566 votes have been counted as of 9:30 p.m.

1,648 voted yes, 918 voted against.

Related: Community to vote Tuesday on Huron School District bond proposal

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, posted a message on Twitter thanking the community for passing the bond.

“Thank you to the Huron Community for supporting our kids,” he said.

“This bond will help the Huron Schools make much needed improvements to facilities and programs.”


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Community to vote Tuesday on Huron School District bond proposal


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published May 6, 2019 — 4:45 p.m.

The Huron community will have the chance to vote Tuesday on a bond proposal that, if passed, would allow the Huron School District to make facility improvements — including safety and security at district buildings — and upgrade heating and electricity.

The bond, according to the district, would generate $49,075,000 without increasing the tax rate or mill rate from the previous year’s levy.

It would maintain the current school debt millage rate of 7.0 mills, according to the district.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, said that bond funding would allow the district to maintain quality programs and facilities in order to attract and retain students.

“The bond issue process began last year during our push to create a new strategic plan. Over the 2017-2018 school year, the Huron School District interacted with 28 different community and school groups in order to gather information and to develop a solid plan for the future. Based on this plan, it was clear that student safety, student growth, and quality facilities were important to our community,” Rowe said in a letter to the community.

He added: “As a result, the District formed a bond committee in order to explore facility needs and assess the need for a bond issue. This committee consisted of parents, community members, and employees from the school district. The committee met this school year, and at the same time, the District engaged experts to provide a facility needs assessment and student growth assessment. This information led to the creation of a comprehensive list of needs for our school district and for our school buildings. In order to address these needs and raise the necessary funds for the projects, the school district has proposed the bond issue.”

The district launched an informative website that explains where bond funding will be used, a complete list of all building and facility improvements, and a timeline.

Visit the website here: huronschools.org/2019_bond_proposal

Polls on Tuesday are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are in line by 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

If you are voting absentee ballot, they have to be turned in to the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election day to be counted.

Huron Township voting precinct information:

Precinct 1
Miller Elementary Library (Park in the rear parking lot, follow voting signs)
18955 Hannan Rd
New Boston

Precinct 2
Huron Township Senior Center (Park in the rear parking lot, follow voting signs)
28245 Mineral Springs Rd
New Boston

Precinct 3 (Huron School District only)
Kirby Church
2773 Will Carleton Rd
Flat Rock

Precinct 4 and 5

Huron High School Auxiliary Gym (Park in the lot between High School and Junior High, follow voting signs)
32044 W Huron River Dr
New Boston

View The Huron Hub’s coverage of the bond proposal:

Superintendent explains ballot language in the Huron Schools bond proposal

Letter to the editor: ‘VOTE YES!’ on the Huron Schools bond proposal

Letter to the editor: Support the Huron Schools bond proposal on May 7

Public safety director, township supervisor: Huron Schools bond proposal will make schools safer


 

Everyday leaders: Brown Elementary students, staff give back to community

Brown Elementary students proved that today’s youth can be leaders in their local community. During the month of April, students and staff at the school collected donations that were presented to different organizations last Friday. (All photos courtesy of Cynthia Wyszynski)

By Scott Bolthouse--The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Published May 6, 2019 -- 11:00 a.m. EST

Brown Elementary students proved that today’s youth can be leaders and have an impact in their local community.

Students and staff at the school in New Boston came together recently and gave back to the community by collecting piles of donations as part of a school-wide program called “Leader In Me.”

On Friday, the students presented the donations to several different community groups during a special school event.

At the beginning of April, each grade organized and collected items for a local organization.

During the event last Friday, representatives from each grade presented the collected items to members of the organizations.

Leader in Me is a school leadership development program for both students and staff members. The program integrates timeless leadership principles into the school culture, which in return helps build important skills such as self-confidence, accountability, empathy, and academic achievement.

Learn more about the Leader in Me school program by visiting leaderinme.org

Photos from the Leader in Me Community Service Celebration at Brown Elementary School courtesy of Cynthia Wyszynski.

 


 

Letter to the editor: ‘VOTE YES!’ on the Huron Schools bond proposal


Letter to the editor posted Monday, May 6, 2019 -- 10:00 a.m. EST

Dear Editor,

I have lived in the area of Huron Public Schools in New Boston since 1959. My two children attended from elementary through high school. My grandchildren (4) and now three great grandchildren are getting the advantage of selectively hired staff who work diligently to bring to students the best that is out there!

The passage of the current expiring 9.7 mills is needed to upgrade and improve the current buildings. We want them to be safe for students. I have always supported bonds and renewals because others have voted to make sure that my children were in safe buildings. How about yours? We need to do what others have done for ours. Do as I do, VOTE YES!

Most sincerely,

Alice I Ferguson
Past 30 year employee
21 year School Board Member 1965-1995, 1995-2016


The Huron Hub accepts letters to the editor from all points of view. Submit your letter to ScottBolthouse@huronhub.com or through the contact page at HuronHub.com


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Huron STEM students win Michigan Invention Convention at Henry Ford Museum

Runner up Cole Drewyer (left) and top winner Madison Clelland pose for a photo after being announced the winners of the Michigan Invention Convention hosted by the Henry Ford Museum on April 27. The fifth grade students from Miller Elementary competed against 73 different inventions in their age group and won the two top spots. (Photos courtesy of Tasha Clelland)


By Scott Bolthouse--The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Published May 3, 2019 -- 11:00 a.m.
Updated May 3, 2019 -- 2:45 p.m.

Two Huron fifth grade students pulled off an amazing feat last weekend and won both top spots at the Michigan Invention Convention hosted by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

Miller Elementary students Madison Clelland and Cole Drewyer competed against 73 different inventions in their age group and were the only two winners to move on to the national  competition at the end of May.

The students are part of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program that is taught by Kelly Chojnowski.

Chojnowski teaches STEM at both elementary schools in the Huron District and took about 45 fifth graders with her to the convention.

The group brought 25 different inventions to the museum last Saturday that they have been working on and creating for the past six months.

“I am so excited and proud to announce that both of the winners were from my fifth grade group,” Chojnowski said. “It is an amazing feat that the state of Michigan will be represented by these two students, both from Huron Schools.”

Madison Clelland was the top winner with her “Stop, Drop, and Roll” invention, which is a roller attachment that attaches to the rail of a baby crib.

The roller prevents a toddler or baby from gaining leverage and climbing out of the crib.

“This is a safety feature that keeps babies safe from injury from the act of climbing or falling out of the crib, and also from wandering the house unsupervised preventing possible danger as well,” Chojnowski said.

Photos: Huron STEM students and staff at the Michigan Invention Convention at the Henry Ford Museum. 

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Runner up Cole Drewyer invented “The Wheelchair Hydromatic.”

“This is an attachment that would go underneath a wheelchair,” Chojnowsk said. “It is a hydraulic lift that raises and lowers a wheelchair to accommodate people confined to a wheelchair and allows them to comfortably sit at tables, or even be higher in a conversation setting.”

Chojnowski said the attachment is especially beneficial for children in wheelchairs by allowing for height adjustments with their smaller chairs.

The group will head to the national competition through a sponsorship from Huron School Board members who decided to pitch in and help.

Check back with The Huron Hub for the results.


 

Huron students participate in Arbor Day event at Crosswinds Marsh

Middle schoolers from Renton Junior High in New Boston and Romulus Middle School visited Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Interpretive Preserve in Sumpter Township on April 26 to learn about sustainability, the important role of bees, trees and insects in the ecosystem, and the value of wetlands. (Photo courtesy of Wayne County Airport Authority)


By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Published Monday, April 30, 2019 — 11:00 a.m. EST

Nearly 300 students, many from Huron Schools, learned about the environment and gave back to the community during an Arbor Day event at Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Interpretive Preserve on April 26.

The event held was themed “trees, bees and me” and was hosted by Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Wayne County Parks, and their partners.

While visiting the marsh, sixth graders from Renton Junior High School in New Boston and Romulus Middle School learned about sustainability, the important role of bees, trees and insects in the ecosystem, and the value of wetlands.

Throughout the event, students participated in discussions about the importance of bees to the food system and how the food supply will be impacted by the decline in bee populations.

Students had the chance to watch bees in an observation hive and take honey from local beehives.

Several Michigan native trees were also be planted at the park, and students left with their own saplings to plant at home in honor of Arbor Day.

“The Wayne County Airport Authority is committed to giving back to the community,” said WCAA CEO Chad Newton. “There is no better way to do that than by educating a child and leaving an imprint on their minds. Arbor Day is an event that we look forward to every year. And – this marks our largest year ever. We are truly honored to be a sponsor of such a wonderful experience for children.”

Students rotated between six learning stations hosted by United Lawnscape, Green Toe Gardens, Wayne County Conservation District and Wayne County Parks.

Huron High School students assisted the younger children at the stations.

“Wayne County is happy to again partner with the Airport for the annual Arbor Day event,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “Year after year, this experience continues to create lasting memories for our participants with engaging activities and lessons in the great outdoors. We hope this year’s event will inspire our youth to be lifelong stewards of our natural resources.”

Crosswinds Marsh is one of the largest and most successful wetland mitigation projects in the country, according to Wayne County.

The 1000-acre nature preserve is maintained by Wayne County Parks under an agreement with the Wayne County Airport Authority—which operates Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Willow Run Airport.

Photos: 2019 Arbor Day event at Crosswinds Marsh. Photos courtesy of Wayne County Airport Authority. 


Related: Crosswinds Marsh, other Wayne County parks to receive upgrades worth $2.5 million

Public safety director, township supervisor: Huron Schools bond proposal will make schools safer

Everette Robbins, director of public safety (left) and David Glaab, Huron Township supervisor.


Published by The Huron Hub on Monday, April 29, 2019 — 12:00 p.m. EST 

The public safety director and Huron Township supervisor released a statement Monday that showed support for the upcoming Huron Schools bond proposal that will be decided on May 7.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, and Supervisor David Glaab say in the letter that “the Huron School District Bond Proposal seeks to make our school buildings safer for our students by providing the necessary funding required to renovate and equip our schools with modern day features proven to increase school security.”

Below is the full text from the statement, unedited:

Dear Huron Township Residents,

Providing for the safety of our children is one of the most important functions we perform. As your Public Safety Director and Township Supervisor, we want to share some critical information about the May 7th School District Bond Proposal. We hope you find this brief overview helpful.

A safe learning environment is important for students of all ages. A secure classroom is essential for students to focus on learning as they develop the skills necessary to prepare them for the future. Unfortunately, recent episodes of mass school violence have forced communities and their school districts throughout our nation to devise strategies and methods to combat potential school place threats. Your Huron Township Police Department has responded in part by increasing the level and frequency of its training particularly in the area of active shooter exercises. However, a major area of vulnerability that remains is our conventional school buildings that were designed and built before the emergence of mass school violence.

The Huron School District Bond Proposal seeks to make our school buildings safer for our students by providing the necessary funding required to renovate and equip our schools with modern day features proven to increase school security. Some of these plans include updating the interior and exterior doors with reinforced frames & hardware. Realizing that school safety literally starts at the front door, state of the art visitor access and secure entry controls and mechanisms are proposed as key components of a comprehensive safety plan update.

Effective and reliable public address systems are critical during any school threat scenario. A mass notification system allows school officials to convey a clear set of instructions to students and staff the moment a crisis begins. The quicker the superintendent can implement a lockdown over the public address system, the greater chance our children and their teachers will survive a threat. Again, the Huron School District Bond Proposal would make funds available to ensure our schools are equipped with these vital communication systems.

Finally, the bond proposal includes a plan to make arriving and departing school safer as well. The parking can be a very busy and dangerous place, particularly at the beginning and end of the school day when things can get a bit chaotic. The bond proposal incorporates improvements to our school parking lots to make them safer for our students and their parents.

The safety of our students remains our first priority. We hope you found this information helpful and that it helps you evaluate the May 7th Bond Proposal including the many safety benefits it offers.

Respectfully,

David A, Glaab
Huron Township Supervisor

Everette Robbins
Director of Public Safety


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Superintendent explains ballot language in the Huron Schools bond proposal

Letter to the editor: Support the Huron Schools bond proposal on May 7

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