Board Approves CARES Funding for Leslee's Smile, Middle School LAX, Bixby Marionettes Booklet

 03/14/2019 - 15:32
Saline Community Education Director Brian Puffer talks to the Board of Education about the CARES Advisory Council recommendations.

The Board of Education approved CARES millage funding for several community initiatives, including the Bixby Marionettes, a sculpture at Henne Field and new uniforms for the Saline Middle School girls lacrosse program.

The money comes from the voter-approved CARES millage, which supports cultural, recreational and senior programing. Organizations apply for grants from the CARES Advisory Council, which then makes recommendations to the Board of Education.

The Friends of Henne field requested $3,000 in support of Valerie Mann’s sculpture to be installed at Henne Field. Mann’s Sculpture, Leslee’s Smile, is a tribute to the late Saline District Library Director, Leslee Niethammer. The advisory council recommended a $2,742 contribution to the project. The funding will pay for glass insets and tig welding costs for the sculpture. The total cost of the project is estimated at $25,000.

The Michigan Oral History Association requested $3,000 in support of a project to create booklets that tell the story of the Bixby Marionettes. The booklets will be based on oral history interviews and historical materials held by the City of Saline. The advisory council recommended a $3,000 contribution to the project. The total cost of the project is estimated at $22,000.

The Saline Middle School Girls Lacrosse program requested $2,975 for new uniforms and goalie equipment. The advisory council recommended a $1,757 contribution.

The board approved the advisory council’s recommendations.

The Fifth Corner had requested $2,176 for a STEM Spark program. The grant request was denied until the teen center could provide more information.

 

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