The fact that school is out for the summer doesn't mean Saline Area Schools staff don't have ongoing to-do lists throughout July and August.
During this week's board of education meeting, Superintendent Scot Graden reminded folks that "there's a lot going on for the business side" of Saline's school system.
Grounds and maintenance staff are hard at work getting the buildings and grounds ready for the 2019-2010 school year. The business office is preparing for budgetary audits for the finished 2018-2019 school year, and the human resources department is still processing paperwork for retirements, leaves of absence, and new hires.
Teaching and other building staff are also required to take a certain number of professional development hours between July 1 and the started of the school year on August 21.
The professional development opportunities range from workshops on assessing literacy to leadership summer camps with new staff operational and curriculum training for new employee on-boarding.
If you want to take a sneak peak at what the teachers will be taught to better server Saline students, click this embedded link.
The aforementioned preliminary audit will be conducted this month with the full audit beginning in September.
Outgoing employees include Saline High School teacher Mary Ciotta, transportation employee Gordon George, and operations employee Daniel Robb.
New faces include SHS teacher Claire Burnett, Heritage teacher Barry Burnette, and Pleasant Ridge teacher Elizabeth Buehler.
In other SAS news:
- Hornet Nation did a live show on the stage of the SHS auditorium on June 7 in order to give everyone a sneak peak at what's necessary to put out a broadcast production. Hornet Nation is an award-winning show that focuses on SAS athletic programs.
- School officials recognized the success of the 6th grade trips to Toronto and Niagara Falls this spring. The trips coincided with the portion of their social studies units that focus on North America, during which students visited a number of landmarks and sites relevant to their learning topics. This two-and-half day trip is one of the district's many efforts to "having students be globally connected" by exposing Saline students to different cultures and historical perspectives.
- Efforts to further consider and develop ideas from the Idea Swarm initiative will continue among SAS staff over the summer and into the new school year, as the Human Centered Design effort continues to work with the goal if improving Saline schools for all stakeholders. The ideas that received the most votes during the Idea Storm voting process were as follows Day of Service, Tracey Mulcare; Students Meet Seniors - Michael McVey and Julie Myers;vReach Out and Read - Terri Redding; Heritage Hornet Time - Jesse Spicer; Indoor/Outdoor Playground - Linda Smith; Heritage's World Fair - Kelly Widman; Student Empowerment Resource Center - Matt Hamilton. City Council Challenge - Michael McVey. The submissions came from staff at Heritage School, Saline High School and Buildings and Grounds.
- The school board also approved Graden and Assistant Superintendent Miranda Owsley as signers of all checks written by the district from all accounts and funds. Graden and Owsley are also authorized as signatories on transfers of investment monies and Owsley's request to continue to participate in the Michigan School Revolving Loan Fund was granted. These are routine measures that maintain the SAS business staff's ability to conduct the school system's financial business.
- Thrun Law Firm, P.C., of Lansing, and Collins & Blaha, PC were also retained as legal counsel for the upcoming new school year.