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School board needs to fill short-term vacancy

By Judy Reed

Do you want to be on the Cedar Springs Board of Education? Now that certified election results are back, they have an open seat to fill for a term of only 21 days. 

They will be accepting applications for the vacancy until noon on December 10. If it’s decided they need to do interviews, you will be contacted no later than 4 p.m. that day, and the interviews would take place that evening at 6:45 p.m. For more info please click here.

So why is there an opening for only 21 days—December 10 through December 31?

According to Superintendent Scott Smith, it’s because of the way the law is written regarding appointed and elected positions. 

Two seats were up for election this year: seat #5 and seat #6. The people who won those seats will start their terms in January. Mistie Bowser and Jeff Rivard won those four-year terms.

The other two seats voted on were #2 and #7. Those were appointed seats, where someone left this year but their term was not up at the end of this year and the person appointed had to run for the seat again in November. The people who won those seats (Tracie Slager and Trent Gilmore) will start serving immediately since the term was not up.

Traci Slager was appointed in early 2018 to seat #2 to replace Ted Sabinas, and after winning seat #2 in the November election, she will serve out the remaining four years. She will take office immediately since the term was not up.

Mistie Bowser was elected to seat #5. Matt McConnon has been serving in that seat. He was appointed to fill that seat when Patricia Eary resigned. The term was up at the end of this year. McConnon did not run for it because he wanted to run for Courtland Township Supervisor. Mistie Bowser ran for the position and she will serve a four-year term starting in January.

Here is where it gets tricky. Jeff Rivard and Trent Gilmore did not run for the seats they were serving in. They ran for each other’s seats. One was an appointed seat where the term was not up, and the other was one due for election this year.

Jeff Rivard was appointed earlier this year to seat #7 to replace Tim Bauer, who had been appointed to replace Michelle Bayink, whose term was not up until 2020. When Rivard ran for election, however, he ran for seat #6, because the term on that seat was up. He will start serving a four-year term in that seat in January. 

Trent Gilmore was appointed this summer to seat #6 to replace Brook Nichols. Her term was to be over Dec. 31. When Gilmore ran for election, he actually ran for seat #7, the one currently held by Rivard, which is an appointed seat. So, Gilmore will take office immediately, and serve the final two years of the term for seat #7. Which means seat #6, won by Rivard, will be open because Rivard won’t begin to serve until January.

The remaining board members’ seats won’t be up for election until 2020 (Matthew Shoffner and Shannon Vanderhyde) and 2022 (Heidi Reed).

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From the Superintendent’s Desk

Cedar Springs Public Schools has much to be thankful for as the month of December is here.  It is exciting to report that our students consistently reached new heights in the classroom, on the stage, and on the field/courts this fall.  We believe each day is an opportunity to be better than we were the day before.  The upcoming winter season promises to be brighter than ever for Cedar Springs students, families, and staff.  

Each member of our school community can celebrate one particular highlight of note.  We recently received word from the Michigan State Police Grants and Community Services Division that Cedar Springs Public Schools will be receiving an award of $478,713 to help fund the following projects:

• Electronic locking systems upgrades for each building

• Exterior doors and frames

• Public address systems 

• Bluepoint Rapid Emergency Response Systems for each school (https://www.bluepointalert.com/)

 The award represents 75% of the total costs of these projects.  The District will pay the remaining $159,571 (25%) out of our Building and Site Sinking Fund.  Words cannot express the degree of appreciation Cedar Springs Public Schools has for the efforts of Ken Simon, Deputy Tom McCutcheon, and Jeff Malloch in making this happen for our community.

It is evident that the investments people are making in our schools and community are paying significant dividends.  We encourage you to pause and give thanks during this holiday season for the impact those investments are making on the lives of our students, families, and staff who call Cedar Springs home.

 With respect and appreciation,

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

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Superintendent visit

Superintendent Smith stopped by Cedar View on November 30 and read to Ms. Johnson’s and Ms. Strunk’s class.

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Handmade hats and mittens donation

Beach Elementary had a delivery of 52 pairs of hand knitted mittens and 8 hand knitted hats on December 3! Ruth spent many, many hours knitting these and donated them to our Beach Elementary school! Thank you Ruth!

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2018 Fall Sports Season

From the Athletic Director, John Norton 

Cedar had another great Fall Sports Season for 2018.  While the efforts on the courts and fields steal the headlines, first and foremost everyone should know these Cedar Springs student-athletes, collectively, maintain over a 3.0 GPA, and many of the teams have spent times at the elementary schools and elsewhere serving the community.  Whether it is football players visiting with students and Cedar View, or soccer players helping Cedar Trails kids find their buses the first day of school, or members of the volleyball team volunteering with our youth at weekend volleyball camps, these athletes are true leaders.  

How about of our teams, parents, students and community coming together our first ever “Pink Week”, to help raise over $5,000 for “The Cure Starts Now?”  Finally, the amazing support of the community and students throughout the Fall, showing school spirit and top notch sportsmanship at all times.  These are the real successes of our Fall Sports Season.

In competition, our teams also did very well. Our Boys’ Cross Country and Football teams were OK White Conference Championships.  

Beyond that, the Cross Country Boys went on to the State Meet where they finished in the Top 10, and were selected as an Academic All-State Team.  The Football team went on to win two playoff games, and earn a District championship.  The Soccer team finished the season with 12 wins, meanwhile all of our other programs, at all levels, had competitive seasons in the tough OK White Conference.

It was a great Fall for our athletes, and we are looking forward to what is in store this Winter. 

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Adverse weather

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media. 

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed and/or delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weather-related absence at KCTC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KCTC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening.   For more information, please visit www.csredhawks.org or call 616-696-1204.

If you wish to receive text or email alerts for school closings and delays, here are a couple of options to consider:

WOOD TV:  http://woodtv.com/text-alerts/

WZZM TV:  www.wzzm13.com/about/text-alerts/

WXMI TV:  http://fox17online.com/weather/west-michigan-closings-and-cancellations/

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Poppy Poster Award

*Photo Congratulations to Jasmine for being awarded the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Poster Award 2018. Out of the hundreds of posters submitted, she won 1st place for grade level 2 and 3 in the Nationwide contest!! 

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2019 SANP Fundraisers

Join us on Tuesday, December 11th.  After holiday shopping or before the game, dine in or drive through the Cedar Springs Culver’s between 5-8:00 p.m. when 10% of all sales will go toward the SANP! No certificate needed, just mention the Senior All Night Party!

The Schwan’s fundraising campaign is on!  20% of all sales (and 40% of all egift cards) from 11/2-12/17 will benefit our organization; after 12/17, our fundraiser will earn 4% of all sales until March 17, 2019.   With over 300 premium offerings, Schwan’s will deliver to your door effortless homemade meals, wonderful desserts, side dishes, pizza, and even appetizers… perfect for the upcoming holidays!  You place your online order, and help our cause along the way! 

Visit:   www.schwans-cares.com/campaigns/41214-cs-senior-all-night-party

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Winter Break

December 24, 2018 – January 4, 2019; students return to school on January 7, 2019

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STAY HEALTHY THIS SEASON BECOME A RED HAWK WALKER 

Going on NOW

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout. Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season. Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session. 

If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day. 

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

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