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October 11, 2018                                               ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                                  PAGE 5

                                       WAYNE - WESTLAND

        District leaders explain need for bond vote

                          Julie Brown                             ”                                 approve the measure, be retro-
                          Staff Writer              We do have tremendous support,                  fitted for safety so all building
                                                                                                    visitors enter through the build-
           Leaders of the Wayne-                             I think, with our                      ing administration office.
        Westland Community Schools                      community and our staff.                       Air conditioning is also on
        are getting the word out on an                                                              tap pending voter approval,
        upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 6, bond                                                              with Mitter noting asthma is a
        proposal vote which would levy  least a year needed to assess  safe, successful schools     common student problem that
        4.48 mills for the school district  and design buildings with staff  improve community-wide prop-  air conditioning will help
        based on each $1,000 State     input. The 2020-21 school year  erty values.                 address.
        Equalized Value of a home.     or the following is the earliest  She agreed of older voters    Internet connectivity is also
           “We were able to refinance  for closure, with plans for an  “it's a little harder for them to  covered in the bond plan. The
        the amount to give our taxpay-  not yet known middle school as  possibly see the value.”    current brick buildings impede
        ers a break,” said Jenny       well as two elementary schools.  The Wayne-Westland bus      that, Johnson noted.
        Johnson, district director of    Both Mitter and Johnson      fleet is still passing Michigan  If approved on Nov. 6, plans
        communications. The money, if  stress no high school will close.  State Police inspections, but  are to down the road add a                  Shelley Holt
        the bond is approved by voters,  They encourage voters and staff  Mitter noted 80 percent of the  Science,  Technology,
        will be used for needed build-  to attend forums and ask ques-  bus fleet needs to be replaced.  Engineering, Arts and Math  coming to them” for informa-
        ing repairs, with a calculator on  tions, and are addressing some  Wayne-Westland is leasing  building. The grade levels for  tion.
        the district website at        inaccurate information posted  school buses and borrowing    that aren't yet known as the     Johnson went through a to enter a       on social media.               them from other school dis-   Instruction Department would   Wayne-Westland school closing
        home value to determine the      At least 100 community       tricts.                       need to develop curriculum. Dr.  some 10 years ago as a mom,
        amount the owner will pay.     meetings have taken place, they  The district transports via  Shelley Holt, superintendent of  and agreed it's often harder on
           Johnson displayed video on  said, and the Western Wayne    bus 8,000 of its 11,000 students  schools, who came from a   adults than students. The dis-
        her phone of recent rainstorm  County NAACP has hosted        back and forth daily. “They're  school leadership role in    trict, pending voter OK, will cel-
        damage inside Marshall Upper   voter registration drives recent-  passing inspections, but they're  California, has done that with  ebrate the last full school year
        Elementary School. Noted       ly at Wayne Memorial High      tired,” Mitter said of school  several school buildings, and it  “to honor that building history,”
        Maria Mitter, district supervisor  School, John Glenn High    buses.                        would repurpose a closed       said Mitter, adding children
        for Family and Community       School, Tinkham, an alterna-     “People are always shocked  Wayne-Westland school.         will move with their friends.
        Engagement, the cost of a roof  tive school, and Hicks        by the cost of things, roofs, boil-  Johnson and Mitter see    “We do have tremendous
        on an elementary school build-  Elementary.                   ers,” said Mittler, noting some  Wayne-Westland staff support of  support, I think, with our com-
        ing is some $500,000 while a     Polls will be open for voting  $250,000 needed to buy a boiler.  the measure.             munity and our staff,” said
        middle school roof replace-    7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6,  The average boiler in district  “They will be involved in the  Mitter. The money can, if
        ment runs about $750,000.      and absentee ballots were just  buildings is 45-years-old, and  design process if the bond pass-  approved by district voters,
           Johnson stresses there will  mailed. Johnson noted for sen-  despite good maintenance    es,” Mitter said of teachers.  only be used for capital proj-
        be no school closings in the   ior citizen voters district lead-  nearly all need to be replaced.  “Teachers recognize it rains in  ects, not salaries, textbooks or
        2019-20 school year, with at   ers talking to Realtors who say  Schools will also, if voters  their classroom. And we're   curriculum.
        Council OK's school officer                                                  Charges                               expressed their sympathy to Mr.
                                                                                                                           Marshall's family and said that since the
           The liaison officer at John Glenn High  W estland                                                               incident policies and procedures in each
        School will remain at his post for another  Superintendent of                FROM PAGE 1                           department had been carefully reviewed
        year.                                 Schools Dr. Shelley                                                          to ensure that such an incident would not
           Last week, members of the Westland  Holt.                                 to the prosecutor.                    occur. Both departments also instituted
        City Council approved the extension of   “This school year                      Westland Mayor William R. Wild     added training, according to a prepared
        the annual agreement between the City of  we are beginning the               expressed his condolences to the family  statement, to ensure the safety of prison-
        Westland     and    Wayne-Westland    process of training our                of Mr. Marshall and vowed that such an  ers.
        Community Schools to provide match    educators and liaison                  incident would not happen again.         “We are fully committed to ensure that
        funding for the Police Officer Liaison  officer in restorative  Joseph Reardon  Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik and  nothing like this ever happens again,”
        position at the high school for the 2018-  justice to assist in              Fire Chief Michael Stradtner each     Wild said.
        2019 school year.                     building relationships that support our
           The agreement, which splits the cost of  students and our school district which
        the officer between the city and the school  help support a strong community.   We are
        district, was first implemented in 2007.  fortunate to work closely with the City of
        Westland Police Ofc. Joseph Reardon will  Westland to provide this liaison officer
        fill the position.                    program in our district and community,”
           Reardon has served on the Westland  she said.
        Police Department for 7 years. He is a   “Liaison officers are responsible for
        mental health and first aid instructor as  ensuring the safety of students and staff
        well as a member of the Honor Guard.    both during school hours and at special
           “The police liaison officer interacts  events,” commented Mayor William R.
        daily with students and provides opportu-  Wild.  “One of the most important duties
        nities to build positive relationships  of a liaison officer is to help build a trust
        throughout the school and assist in remov-  between students and law enforcement,
        ing the negative stigma associated with  which allows law enforcement to inter-
        law enforcement,” commented Wayne-    cept problems before they escalate.”


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