HG to add before school day care program

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE.The School Board approved the “Morning Grovers” as a new before-school care program at Northview Elementary School, with plans to be unveiled by May 1, Monday.

Last month, Northview Principal Jason Cole reviewed the needs for a before school daycare program for Northview students from junior kindergarten through fourth grade.

Cole stated that “Morning Grovers” was needed because of the lack of beforeschool day care, with staff members needing to adjust their schedules, and the opportunity to gain open enrollment students.

Cole provided survey results showing that Howards Grove families support the idea of before school care.

“Morning Grovers” would be a safe and inviting environment. Also it will be a place for children to interact, develop character building skills and engage in physical activity, he told the board.

Cole visited the Kiel program and saw it in action to focus on how the before school program could work.

Cole stated the Kiel program started slowly. However, it is very strong now with safety and security apps for the parents comfort and communication.

The program will be unveiled on the school’s website by May 1 with registration beginning by mid-May. Registration will be open to the first 20 students on a first-come, first-serve basis and then it will be capped.

Superintendent Chris Peterson presented a resolution regarding the school start date, asking the Legislature to repeal the set school start date of Sept. 1.

Peterson said the goal is to re-establish local control over the school calendar. Board members approved the resolution.

Board members also approved staffing and the issuance of teacher contracts for the 2017-2018 school year.

Peterson sought permission to hire a new guidance counselor. The new guidance counselor would help the school in three areas - mental health, careers and coordinated services.

The district has enough money budgeted to support another guidance counselor and Peterson stated that the school has a great need. The board approved the hiring for the 2017-2018 school year.

The annual meeting date was set for Monday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.

Board member Kim Plass will be the representative to the CESA 7 convention.

A letter of resignation was accepted from Northview guidance counselor Nicole Hansen,

The district accepted a letter of retirement from art instructor Diana Kirschbaum. Kirschbaum will retire after 27 years of teaching.

Emily Russell was appointed as new Advisory Board member.

Peterson updated the board on the new auditorium. Bids were moved back because of a short timeline for some of the contractors. Site work is scheduled to start May 15. Peterson added that this may cause some backup of projects.

The board thanked the Howards Grove PTO for donations toward the Breakfast & Books event held at Northview.

Sara and Bill Demmon donated money towards new band instruments.

Harms Bus Company donated transportation costs for the boys and girls playoff basketball trips.

The Howards Grove Athletic Club and Millersvile Recreation Association donated money towards the cost of Timber Rattlers tickets. Millersville also donated money towards the purchase of bats for the baseball team.

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