Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The $114.4 million bond issue passed by a whopping 65 percent on Tuesday's election.
As votes were tallied on Tuesday, Plymouth-Canton Community School Board President John Barrett was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, visiting his daughter who is expecting a child any day now. On his way to her house for dinner, a rainbow appeared. "I thought to myself, either the baby is going to be born or the bond passed," he said. "And it turned out the bond passed!" The $114.4 million bond proposal passed with a little more than 65 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Wayne County Clerk. Barrett said he was thrilled, but surprised at the margin. "I'm surprised because I know there was a large last-minute effort by a number of people to put out 'vote no' signs and sent emails out - we were all a little bit worried …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
National Teacher Appreciation Day means it’s a good day to stop and recognize our teachers for all their hard work and efforts.
It's National Teacher Appreciation Day, and in Plymouth-Canton Schools, that means it’s a good day to stop and recognize our teachers for all their hard work and efforts. On the Plymouth-Canton Patch Facebook page, several parents and community members took the time to mention just a few of the people in our school district who have had an impact on their child's life. "Miss Neil's. Math teacher at Discovery Middle School," Gillian Marceau wrote. "She knows how to teach!!! And she treats her students with kindness and respect." "Mr Thomas - Plymouth high school (IPC) a teacher who shows his love and relates to his students, someone to really look up to and can inspire anyone he meets," Cerys Daniels wrote. "To this day I still relate back …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Everything you need to know about the bond issue before the May 7 election.
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools are seeking an $114.4 million bond issue for the upcoming May 7 election. Here's an up close look at what this bond would mean to the school district and to taxpayers. The bond targets for main areas of improvement: Facility upgrades Including: Middle Schools Including: Technology upgrades Including Bus replacements The current Plymouth-Canton millage rate of 4.1 mills would remain the same. There is no increase to the millage rate if the bond is approved on May 7. Funds would be generated through an extension of the present millage rate, for a maximum of seven additional years. The bond will be issued in two series. Series 1 will be issued this June and Series 2 in Spring 2016. For more information on …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
School board voted 6-0 in favor of a purchase agreement with Holbrook Development for the former alternative high school property in the amount of $1,050,000.
A purchase agreement has been signed between Plymouth-Canton school board members and Holbrook Development, LLC for the purchase of the Starkweather Alternative High School property in the amount of $1,050,000. The Board of Education voted 6-0 on Tuesday in favor of the purchase agreement for the vacant property – trustee Kim Crouch was absent. In 2012, the Board of Education voted to relocate the alternative high school program to the former Fiegal Elementary School, which closed at the end of the year. Phil Freeman, the district's assistant superintendent for facilities and operations, told the Observer and Eccentric that Holbrook’s plan for the 27,000-square-foot property involved building new homes and condominiums. “That has the …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
How did you ask or get asked to Prom this year? Share your stories and photos here.
With Plymouth-Canton's Senior Prom just a short month away, preparations for the big dance are in full swing. But before finals plans for dresses, hair, shoes and limos can be made, sometimes finding your date comes first. The growing tradition of prom-posals can include a car full of balloons or a messages written in lights, but high schools students everywhere are getting more creative when asking their prospective partner to Prom. So, what have fun and creative proposals have been done this year, Plymouth-Canton? Show us your photos or share your stories here.
Monday, April 29, 2013
As the temperature starts to rise, students at Salem, Plymouth and Canton high schools are reminded to dress appropriately for class.
As temperatures climb this week, students need to remember to keep their wardrobes "cool" to avoid breaking public school dress codes. It might be a good time to review the dress code with your student (and avoid getting a phone call to bring a change of clothes. Here's what not to wear to Salem, Plymouth and Canton schools, according to the district's dress code:
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Four seniors from Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools have accepted appointments to the U.S. Military, Air Force and Naval Academies.
While the majority of their peers head off to colleges this fall, four Plymouth-Canton students will begin military careers in U.S. Armed Forces Service Academies. Plymouth High School Senior Linda Erickson will join the U.S. Military Academy, Salem High School Student Ciarra McCarthy will join the U.S. Air Force Academy while Canton High School Seniors Michael Wilyard and Saul Park will join to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy, respectively. For McCarthy, she has always been interested in the military and after looking at the academy, she said she knew it was for her because of the way it was structured, the academic programs offered and the opportunities presented there. "I just gravitated towards the Air Force - It's the…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Superintendent Jeremy Hughes recommended that the school board rename the Starkweather Program as the Starkweather Academy at Fiegel.
Plymouth Canton School Board officials approved renaming the Starkweather Alternative Education program as "Starkweather Academy at Fiegel" during its meeting Tuesday night. After both Starkweather and Fiegel were closed in 2012 due to downsizing, the Starkweather program, previously housed in Plymouth's Old Village, was moved to Fiegel Elementary. Superintendent Jeremy Hughes said he recommended the action to firm up the program's official name. "In some publications, it's called the Starkweather Adult Education Center, some places call it the Adult Community Education Center and others call it the Starkweather Alternative High school," Hughes said. "And we could find no record of it ever have been given a name, except the building in …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Plymouth-Canton voters will decide whether or not to approve a $114 million school bond on May 7.
With the May 7 Election Day drawing closer, the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools $114.4 million bond proposal is gaining support among the community. Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) is one of the most recent supporters. As a parent of two children in the district, Heise said he believes the district has put together a good plan to allocate funds. "The market for public education right now is very competitive, and Plymouth-Canton needs to keep up with that," Heise said. "It (the bond) will allow us to attract more families in our area and it will improve property values. "I'll be honest, the state government has been cutting education funding for the last two years," he said. "I have consistently opposed and voted no on those cuts. So I …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
College acceptance letters are in—tell Patch where you're headed next!
Calling all Plymouth-Canton seniors and senior parents: What's next for you after graduation? Whether you're headed to college or starting a new job, tell us your plans in the comments below. You can upload a picture here, too. Just click "Upload Photos and Videos." Congratulations, Class of 2013!