2018-10-25 / Front Page

Swan Valley schools receives money from fundraisers, grant

By Mandilee Hecht

During the regular meeting of the Swan Valley School District on Thursday, Oct 18, the board accepted a $600 grant from the Library of Michigan for the high school library media specialist, in order for her to attend the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) conference.

The board also acknowledged $2,500 in donations it received from two major fundraisers this year; Fun Fest and Runraiser. Superintendent Mat McRae said $500 came from Dr. Linehan, as well as $500 and $1,500 donations from two Swan Valley families.

The board of education also approved Reyna Luplow as the new varsity girls’ track coach. She also serves as middle school Spanish teacher.

The board approved Havens and Shields elementary after-school program schedules for reading and math for first through fourth graders. New teachers for the program, Kim Deering and Rachel Klein, were also acknowledged. The board praised all the teachers’ hard work and dedication to the program.

A resolution to sell two parcels of land to two school districtneighboring homeowners on VanWormer Road was also approved during the Oct. 18 meeting. The two neighbors are purchasing SVSD land that adjoin to their backyards. The land is southwest of the little league fields, and each parcel is approximately 70 feet by 153 feet, McRae said.

The board approved the Third Grade Reading Matrix and the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. The matrix is used to help ensure all students are proficiently reading by the end of third grade. This includes intervention strategies for those who are at-risk.

The multi-tiered systems of support document ensures all students are not only academically proficient in all areas, but also socially and emotionally proficient, McRae said.

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