Saline CQC May 2017 Meeting Notebook

 05/05/2017 - 00:43

The Saline Coalition for a Quality Community met Wednesday at Liberty School. After an around-the-table discussion, the coalition listened to a presentation by Foundation for Saline Area Schools Executive Director Annherst Kreitz.

Here’s what was discussed during Around The Table:

  • Saline Area Schools began advertising for a elementary school position last week. A high school position may open by the end of the week.
  • Bond project work will soon begin at around the district.
  • The library’s Summer Reading Series kicks off June 18.
  • The Saline Area Historical Society opens the Rentschler Farm Museum for the season Saturday. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Volunteers are invited to clean up Peoples’ Park this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Arbor Day celebrations at Brecon Park were celebrated by fourth and fifth grade students. Lodi Farms donated a Pioneer Elm tree that was planted.
  •  Salt Valley Arts class offerings can be found in the Saline Community Education and Pittsfield Township brochures. Salt Valley Arts will attend Passport-2-Pittsfield Sunday, from 1-4 p.m., have a table at Taste of Saline, and will be providing arts and crafts on Mother’s Day at Evangelical Homes.
  • Briarwood Ford is providing new cars for a test drive event at Harvest Elementary School May 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Saline Music Boosters for each test drive.
  • Taste of Saline takes place in downtown Saline May 10, from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • The Farmers Market returns to downtown Saline this Saturday. In June, it will open on Tuesdays at the Rentschler Farm Museum.
  • The Saline Leadership Institute graduated its most recent class. Taylor Jacobsen worked with SLI participants on an art project. SLI’s website is up and is recruiting for the next class.
  • SLI provided a leadership program at the Fifth Corner Teen Center that was well-received.
  • A new, full-color senior center newsletter has been popular.
  • The Stone and Thistle Garden Club sale is from 8 a.m. to noon, May 20 at the senior center.
  • Mayor Brian Marl hosts the annual Mayor’s Conference at the senior center June 16.
  • The senior center will participate in the upcoming senior living expo at Washtenaw Community College.
  • The senior center is looking for a part-time building supervisor to work 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Passport-2-Pittsfield takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, at Pittsfield Township government facilities. The day will be filled with events and activities.
  • Carpenter Road will be redone between Packard and Ellsworth Roads.
  • Pittsfield Township Board has passed a second resolution against the Ann Arbor Airport’s efforts to expand its runway. Township officials were among those dissatisfied with an environmental assessment that lowballed the amount of water fowl in the area. The FAA’s regional manager was also not happy with the assessment.
  • McPherson’s Local is moving into the old Drowsy Parrot. Matty J’s Bakery and Café will open at The Oaks. The Cheese Shop of Saline is opening in the old Oxygen Plus building on North Ann Arbor Street. Sweet Leilani’s Desserts is opening at the old Detroit Dog Company.
  • Saline City Council is will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to consider the proposed balanced budget.
  • Site work has begun at the Fairdene condominium development on South Monroe Street. Progress continues for the redevelopment of 600 Maple.

Foundation for Saline Area Schools Executive Director Annherst Kreitz addressed the CQC.

  • The FSAS was formed in 1987.
  • After years of funding teacher grants, in recent years the FSAS has taken fundraising to a new level to finance strategic projects in the school district.
  • Strategic projects include the SHS Hornet Hub, Project Lead the Way STEM classes at SMS, world languages and more.
  • More than $450,000 in teacher grants have been awarded since 1987.
  • This year, the FSAS presented $75,000 to Saline Area Schools for the Hornet Hub collaborative workspace at Saline High School.
  • The FSAS has 26 corporate sponsors. One of the newest sponsors is Emagine Entertainment which was presenting sponsor of Snowblast and which offered its theatre to the FSAS and Saline Area Social Service for an opening night gala that raised $36,000 to split between the two non-profits.
  • The FSAS will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year with a tailgate party in the SHS gym Oct. 13, before the football game. There will then be a parade of families from the gym to the football game.
  • The fourth class of the FSAS Hall of Fame will be inducted Sept. 15-16.


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