Local districts ready for new school year

Manistee Area Public School teachers held in-service programs on Thursday at the school and were treated to a buffet lunch. All the county schools kick-off the upcoming school year on Tuesday.
(Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — On Tuesday morning school bells will be ringing throughout Manistee County as more than 3,000 students will be heading back to school for the first day of classes.

School buildings have been painted, cleaned and fixed up for another year of classes. Buses will be running in all of the districts and hot lunches are expected to be served at all county schools. Area school superintendents say everything is looking good for a good start to the school year.

Onekama Consolidated School superintendent Kevin Hughes said his teachers and staff have everything in place for the start of the school year. Classes are set to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the Onekama students

“We have some new staff hired, and all the teachers have been in working on in-service this week,” he said. “We are working on our bus routes and classrooms and scheduling. Our kids were in for orientation this week, and I think we are ready to roll.”

Tuesday will be a full day of school for the Onekama students. School offices will be open all day today to register any students or answer any questions.

“We are ready to roll,” he said.

On Wednesday of this week the Manistee Catholic Central had its open house, back-to-school picnic and the kindergarten and pre-school orientation.

“That was kind of the big kickoff for us to the school year,” said principal Jan Bigalke. “Today the teachers are kind of back in the classroom getting those last minute preparations ready. The kids were very excited at the picnic as they all give you hugs, and say ‘I can’t wait to come back to school.'”

Bigalke said that the homecoming activities come up quickly in the year for the Sabers and that school activities kickoff right from the very first day.

“Our first bell of the year will be ringing at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday morning,” she said.

Manistee Area Public Schools had a very busy summer with many improvements completed to several of its school buildings. The most notable was the new roof that was put on the Kennedy Elementary building.

“The major part of the roof is complete,” said MAPS superintendent John Chandler. “There are some minor things like flashing that are on back order and haven’t been completed yet, but it is all done and safe for the kids to come back to classes.”

Chandler said school officials have been busy, but everything is ready for a great start to the 2013-14 school year. Classes at the middle and high school start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

“We are excited about school starting and can’t wait to have kids back in the buildings,” he said. “It’s good to see some of the extra curricular activities taking off and school coming back to life. That is what we live for, and I can’t wait until next week.”

Trinity Lutheran School will be kicking off its 144th year on Tuesday morning when students start classes.

“There are some last day things we do every year at this time, but we will be ready,” said Trinity principal David Moehring. “We will start off on Tuesday morning with an 8:15 a.m. chapel service before the kids start classes. On Sept. 12 we are going to have a welcome back to school night sponsored by our PTL.”

KND and Bear Lake schools superintendent Marlen Cordes said everything is in place in both of his districts as well.

“At KND we have all our staff hired with the exception of a part-time special education person,” said Cordes. “We had that person in place, but she was offered a full-time position this week. At Bear Lake we are fine for the start of the year, and just have to look at the situation with how many kids we have and kind of go from there.”

Cordes said the staff has been working hard all summer.

“The buildings in both districts are all ready to go, and the custodians at both places did a fantastic job of getting the grounds ready to go,” he said. “The teaches are in getting the rooms together and right now all we are missing is kids.”

School opens at 7:56 a.m. in Bear Lake, and at KND the bell will be ringing at 8:20 a.m.

CASMAN Academy students will be met with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast on their first day of school on Tuesday. Staff will be serving it up for the students as a way to greet them back into the classroom.

“Everything is going good, and we are looking forward to the start of school,” said CASMAN director Keith Shearer.

West Shore Community College will start the following day — Wednesday — with the first classes of the fall semester. President Charles Dillon said college officials are looking for another outstanding year.

Each September, the campus comes to life when our students and faculty return,” he said “With new people and new projects, come many new possibilities to help our students succeed. Our outstanding faculty impact students’ lives every day and we have tremendous people in our administrative and support staff ranks who love students and love the college. We are looking forward to another great year.”

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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