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Local News Summary - July 17, 2019 Edition

Tribune to be delivered a day later
Please note: The newspaper will be mailed out and in stores a day later each week beginning with the July 24, 2019 issue of the Montmorency County Tribune. It will now be mailed, in the stores and paper boxes, and available in our front office after 11 a.m. on Wednesday of each week. Our content and advertising deadlines will remain the same as they are now.

We have made the decision to outsource the printing of the newspaper. This will also enable us to provide you, our readers, with a better quality product. All of our other printing services will still be available and produced in our Atlanta office.

We appreciate your patience during this transition, and as always, we appreciate you, our readers. Thank you!

Eight laid off from Hillman Community Schools
On Thursday, July 11, the Hillman School Board had a special meeting in regard to balancing the budget deficit, which included the layoffs of eight employees. Superintendent Carl Seiter addressed the room, stating that this has to be done in order to fix years of adjusting mistakes that led to this current deficit, and that figuring it out now before it’s “insurmountable,” is the goal.

The public attendees voiced their worries of concern about classroom control due to less paraprofessionals assisting the teachers, to which Seiter explained that these layoffs are not final, but are more so being done to meet a contractual obligation to provide a 45 day notice before the start of the school year. “After I sit down with my Title 1 Administrator, we are going to be looking at bringing back as many positions as possible,” noted Seiter, especially in regard to the loss of paraprofessionals. “Our goal is to bring back two to three paraprofessionals,” added Seiter. The hope to bring back some of the layoffs would be possible due to Title 1 funds and At-Risk Funds.

Also debated at the meeting was sports transportation. With the current expense of sports transportation, Seiter was looking at partially bringing back the pay-to-play program at potentially half the cost it was in the past. Board members discussed the possibility of the community working together to transport kids to and from games, since many high school athletes seem to find their own rides to and from games, but coaches argued otherwise. Coaches brought up that track meets rarely have more than a couple parents, start typically very early, and last very long times. They also pointed to how often the bus still has kids to bring back post-game. Liability concerns were also discussed. Charles Arbour commented on the possibility of the coaches securing a CDL to help with the cost of transportation as well.

The board took action and passed all eight positional layoffs. A new special meeting was announced for Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. to continue budget talks.

Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant application period open
The application period for the Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant is now open.

The Deer PLAN is a cooperative grant program designed to fund deer habitat improvement projects on private land in the northern Lower Peninsula. This year, a total of $50,000 is available, with per-project amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Awarded funds will be used for tangible, on-the-ground efforts that improve deer habitat and provide quality deer hunting locations.

Landowners with property in Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties are encouraged to apply.

Don’t wait; project applications are due Sept. 1, and successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 1.

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