Lakeview board celebrates victories, plans for the future

By Emilee Nielsen • Last Updated 1:15 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education members reported an overall surplus in the school district’s operating budget for the 2014-2015 school year so far, among other successes the district has seen for the year thus far.

“We had a higher student count than anticipated and our at-risk funds were higher than expected,” said Superintendent Kyle Hamlin during the monthly Feb. 9 meeting.

Some expenditures added to the budget during this school year were a success coach for kindergarten through seventh grade, maintenance expenses and increased transportation costs due to driver wages and unexpected transportation costs. The school board also increased the hours a technician is available for support of the 1:1 technology initiative throughout the district.

The Lakeview Virtual Learning Center, a program provided for students who might not thrive in a traditional classroom environment, is reporting growth as well. Center Director McPherson Mroz and Dallas Bell, the executive director of Partner Schools Student-Retention, spoke about the center’s success.

The center currently has 48 students, which is the most ever, according to Bell. Of those 48 students, 12 are currently on track to graduate, which might not have been possible otherwise.

Another highlight of the school board meeting was the middle school showcase which highlighted student programs such as “Success for All,” which is a program in place for students not completing assignments or receiving low grades. The program gives students the chance to meet with administrators to discuss specific action plans to help boost student success.

The school board also renewed the MSU College Advisor Agreement with Michigan State University.

“It’s been a program in our district since 2010,” Hamlin noted. “(It provides) college exposure, trips and other college related activities for students.”

The school board also approved summer bids for 2015, including an updated science wing at the high school and new parking lots at both the middle school and the high school.

The next Lakeview school board meeting will be 7 p.m. March 9.

Correspondent Emilee Andrews is a Greenville-area resident.

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