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Disturbing facebook post

 

Dear Editor,

I have been watching the developments concerning the CSPS superintendent with interest as I have a young child in the school system. I have been waiting for facts to come out on either side. I look forward to the meeting that will be on the same day that the Post will be distributed to have some questions answered. I hope that many from the community will be able to attend what I hope will be a very informative meeting.  It will be held March 15 at 7pm, Solon Township hall.

I came across a disturbing Face Book post from one of the trustees that was recently appointed to the school board which I believe may call their judgement into question. Tim Bauer wrote on his page 

“Yesterday, in the afternoon, I heard from God regarding the turmoil that has filled our town. He will now bring to an end the rebellion that is fighting against His will. To the degree that you have led this fight will be the degree that God’s judgment will fall on you and your households. To the Christians that have joined themselves to this unholy alliance, may you repent quickly and separate yourselves from that which the Lord will expose as lies, deceit, and treachery against Him. His impartial justice has been declared. Woe to those who have called good evil and evil good, declaring their cause to be righteous. A strong east wind will now blow away the dark clouds of confusion, giving way to the light of God’s glory in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Amen.”

I am not sure what I find most disturbing. It could be that this man feels that God speaks directly to him, and potentially him alone, or that anyone who disagrees with his position will receive the wrath of God. What is more disturbing is that our school board thought that this gentleman was a good choice. It makes me much more open to the idea that perhaps they misjudged the character of our current superintendent as well.

When teachers feel so trapped that they feel the need to appeal directly to the public, it is time to take notice. 

Molly Nixon, 

Cedar Springs

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Thanks for presenting both sides

 

Dear Post,

Thanks for the way you presented two different views of the Cedar Springs school system. 

It’s good to hear about all of the security work going on, especially that there is a full time sheriff deputy.

Sally Thompson, 

Cedar Springs

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Your opinion of CSPS superintendent 

 

To current and previous employees at Cedar Springs Public Schools:

It has been said of Cedar Springs Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn that “District employees have expressed their reluctance to continue working with you as you undermine, disparage, and bully them.” Do you find that to be true? Are you fearful to speak out? Or is she being targeted unfairly? Perhaps things are better than ever at CSPS. I want to know! 

I am going to collect anonymous first hand accounts of how the Superintendent leads and the atmosphere in the school. Also how it’s affecting the kids.

Please mail them without a return address to 13840 Sunset Shores, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or email austingirls123@gmail.com (You can use a new generic email—see below).

Send them whether good or bad! I mean it. I want all sides. As soon as possible. I’d like all answers by 3/11.

Everyone  please share this so it reaches all staff regardless of what your opinion is.

Just a suggestion for anyone who would like to email their comments: 10minutemail.com (you will be given a temporary e-mail address).

Thank you,

Katy Austin, Nelson Township 

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Just say no to conservation and environmental program cuts

 

To the editor:

President Trump’s latest proposed cuts to conservation and environmental programs are even more severe than they were last year. 

Let your representative know your thoughts regarding slashing the funding for environmental protections. I hope you oppose the funding cuts.
The President’s proposal includes a dramatic 92 percent reduction to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Such an extreme cut would limit opportunities for all communities to access public lands. His proposal would also cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 34 percent and would shrink the National Science Foundation’s budget by 30 percent.
These are the biggest cuts proposed among all federal agencies—despite the fact that Congress has already approved an overall higher level of spending.

Steve Mueller, Courtland Twp. 

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Shipping to PO boxes

 


Many residents having post office box numbers have received notices that letters flats and parcels will need to have the PO Box number provided or items addressed to only the street address will be returned. Since some orders placed online will not ship to a post office box and won’t accept both the street address and the PO Box I placed a call to the Rockford Carrier Annex. Thankfully I learned there is a way around this problem. Simply offer the street address followed with box # ____.
DO NOT USE PO in front of the word box or it will still be kicked out of the system. The post office will recognize the box to route an item to if this suggestion is followed. 

Kathy Bremmer
City of Cedar Springs

 


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Loved the Christmas decorations

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Loved the Christmas decorations

The Christmas decorations on Main Street were eye-catching and very beautiful! They helped make our community glow with Christmas cheer. Many thanks to the many folks who them up and took them down! Huzzah!

Lyle Perry, Jr., Cedar Springs

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Patricia Eary resignation letter

This letter was read by Patricia Eary at the Cedar Springs Board of Education meeting on January 15, 2018.

We have sold our home and moved out of the district due to location of employment so I must resign my position on the Board of Education.

This is not “goodbye” but rather “see you soon.” For the first time in more than 60 years, there will not be a member of the Eary family either as a teacher, student, or a volunteer in Cedar Springs Public Schools.

I appreciate the elected and appointed members of the current CSPS Board of Education who will advocate for the students of the district in every decision they make. This Board will work well together as a cohesive unit.

Thanks to the guidance of Dr. VanDuyn over the past couple of years, Cedar Springs Public Schools has embarked on a continuous improvement journey. Our enrollment is increasing, which is not the case in the majority of the districts in the State. We now have an actual math curriculum, a School Resource Officer, iReady, a qualified Special Ed Director, counselors in each building, zero-based budgeting, Orange Frog, facility improvements to building security, infrastructure and the athletic stadium, and growth of Early Middle College and AP classes to name a few highlights of the journey. Frankly, I wish my child was young enough to attend school here in order to take advantage of the many great things that have been put in place recently. I highly respect every staff member who is working so hard to make Dr. VanDuyn’s vision for this district a reality.

We owe it to students of this community to continue to do and be better as a district. I wish Dr. VanDuyn, the current Board of Education, the staff, the community and most of all the students continued success.

Patricia Eary

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Thank you for stealing my money

 

I would like to thank the nice employee at Marathon who found my wallet that I dropped on December 28. I had just finished my second day in a row of a 9-hour shift. It was below zero, after 9 p.m., and I just needed gas to start another 8-hour shift at 9 p.m. 

That being said, I would also like the person or persons that found my wallet before him and stole (yes, stole, look it up,) the $180.00 or so out of it, to think about this. I worked very hard for my money! I am a waitress and do not receive the standard minimum wage; I’m on my feet with a smile for as long as my shift. At a pay rate of $3.23 per hour, tips are what support my family of 8, yes 8. So I hope when you are spending my hard earned dollars this brings you happiness and joy and the New Year brings you all that you deserve. Now I have to call the electric company and beg them not shut of my power. Merry Christmas. 

Lisa Bennett, Cedar Springs

 

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We, too!

 

Women across America have stood together to say, “Me, too.” We will not be violated by those in power.

Now all Americans should rise up and say, “We, too, will not allow our public lands to be violated.” Those in power should not be allowed to rape our National Monuments with strip mining and rip down trees with chains.

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah is a beautiful land where my family has hiked and camped for 39 years. It has incredible rock formations, awe -nspiring plateaus, and unique wildlife.

While hiking out to a waterfall we have seen eagles soaring and mule deer grazing. We camped next to hoo doos, watching jackrabbits and red fox. We witnessed dozens of cottontails and big horn sheep while driving at dawn. We keep going back to one special spot to try to spot that badger again.

This is our heritage, land protected for our grandchildren and their grandchildren. We, too will not be violated by those in power.

Karen Mueller,

Courtland Township

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Ted Sabinas resignation letter

 

I have served on this board of education for 12 months and had hoped that my 34 years of teaching experiences in Cedar Springs could help guide this district to the high levels of education that it once had 5 or 6 years ago when our district was considered a leader in the county and state. Unfortunately this has not happened. I learned that if it is my idea, concern or issue it is quickly dismissed.

During the past 12 months I have listened to many lies and misleading statements and poor judgment by the Supt. Stating that we should spend upwards of $100,000 on training the staff to be happy and when many classrooms exceed 30 or more students is poor judgment, and not what is best for kids.

The Supt. stated lies during a board meeting about my decision to attend a transportation meeting discussing privatization. No Supt. in public education should have been allowed to lie about one of her employers. Apparently it is OK with most of the members of this board.   

With the direction of the Supt. the board continues to approve tremendous costs of consultants at rates as high as $10,000 for one day.

 These examples are just a few of the many that I could have discussed about poor leadership.

I have witnessed some members of this board applauding a speaker during public comments and the Supt. praising speakers also during public comments. Both examples clearly violate board policy and yet were allowed.

The Michigan Association of School Boards provided a training session for the board and asked us to fill out a survey prior to the training. Six of seven board members completed the survey with one choosing to not submit their answers. I’m guessing that most of the board thought that I was the one who did not complete the survey. I submitted my survey and wonder who chose not to and why they did not speak up. 

My core values, ethics and honesty will not allow me to continue the patterns of this board and Supt. I am therefore submitting my resignation from the Cedar Springs Board of Education effective upon the adjournment of this meeting dated Dec. 11, 2017.

Mr. Ted Sabinas

Cedar Springs Board of Education

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