S-S cuts building trades, pre-k


STANDISH — At the Standish-Sterling Community Schools (S-S) Board of Education meeting on Monday night, the board voted to suspend its pre-kindergarten program for the 2009-10 school year and also eliminated its building trades program.

The vote to cut the program passed 4-3, with Dr. Leonard LaClair, Gary Egan and Rich Sullivan casting the dissenting votes.

The motion to suspend pre-k for the 2009-10 school year passed 5-2, with Egan and LaClair dissenting.

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This Board continues to demonstrate that the needs of the students/children are not important. With the exception of LeClair and Egan, this Board should be recalled. Perhaps we could find some folks with common sense and the backbone to stand up to the Superintendent.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | Report this

It seems the current board is jumping to conclusions with out doing all their homework!

They claim that decisions are made for the "good of the students", but what good will it do to have 40 kids in every classroom?

Does the Building Trades program cost the district, or does it actually earn the district money? Is it good for the students? Yes it is offered at the Career Center, but only a limited (2-4) number of students are allowed per district to attend.

As for Pre-K, we need it! Find the money! Cut the fat in administration and do what is best for the little ones who need the extra help!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 | Report this

Well I agree that the cuts are a bad idea, its happening everywhere. Not only are children losing out from the lack of a Pre-K program but they are also losing beneficial educational time outside of the classroom by cuts to the county's 4-H program. While different organizations for pay for both the public need to realize that to have the larger programs that folk have come to enjoy we need to either pay higher rates or pay higher taxes as a whole. This is more applicable to the school than it would ever be to a 4-H program, as I don't see a millage being passed to support 4-H. Maybe the school needs another millage to maintain its level of performance, hopefully improving its performance (being the poorest performing test wise, of any in Arenac County...). It would also seem that in times of economic hardship all community members should help out *Dodge* by maybe being satisfied with their level of income that far exceeds the standards of the county and passing up a pay raise for at least one year.

Monday, August 17, 2009 | Report this

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