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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Reading Fun at Seaton

Come enjoy the Summer Reading Fun on Tuesday, July 12th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the Seaton Elementary Playground to exchange books and have fun playing on inflatables, eating yummy desserts and seeing each other.

All Seaton students in Kindergarten through Fourth grade were given 3 new books to take home on the last day of school.

Another Summer Reading Fun event will be August 9 at 7:00 pm on the Seaton playground with another Book Swap, desserts, inflatables, fun and friends!

Friday, June 17, 2011

School lunch prices will rise in fall

The Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education has approved an increase in the price of lunches at all middle and high schools in the District for the 2011-12 school year.

Elementary lunch prices remain the same.

The increase is required by the federally mandated Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act of 2010. School districts that have an average full paid price point below the federal average free reimbursement rate of $2.46 are being required to increase prices over time to this level. Lapeer’s current average lunch price is $2.35.

The lunch price increase will average about 8 cents for as many as 600 students in the middle schools and high schools of the approximately 3,500 lunch meals served daily.

Base lunch prices for the coming school year will rise:
At the Middle Schools
From $2.15 to $2.50 at the crisp station
From $2.15 to $2.25 at three other food stations
At the High Schools
From $2.15 to $2.50 at the play bowls station
From $3.00 to $3.25 at the redi set deli station

Nearly 47 percent of the District’s students qualify for free or reduced meals due to their parents’ household income and family size. LCS also will again next year offer Reduced qualified students no charge for lunch meals.

Lapeer Community Schools, from kindergarten through 12th grade, will continue to offer free breakfast to all students.

East/West will have co-op hockey, swimming

In its budget adoption on June 16, the Lapeer Community School Board approved a co-op hockey team for students from Lapeer East and Lapeer West high schools. The Board also agreed to maintain a co-op swim team for students from the two high schools.

In the budget action, the board also agreed to increase pay-to-participate fee for the 2011-12 school year. The annual fee allows a student to play in up to four sports during the school year.

At the high schools, the fee has increased from $120 to $150 a year. Middle school participation fees have been raised from $95 to $125. Students who qualify for reduced-price lunches will pay half of the regular participation fee. Students who qualify for free lunch will pay $25. In the past, there has been no fee for students who qualify under the free lunch program.

School board approves 2011-12 budget

The Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education has approved a $49.7 million budget for the coming 2011-12 school year.

Throughout the budget process the Board faced state funding decreases and retirement cost increases that led to a potential shortfall of $8.6 million from current year spending.

About half of that will be made up in concessions totaling $4 million in new contract provisions with the Lapeer Education Association.

Another $2 million will come in other spending reductions. Part of those reductions include voluntary pay cuts of 2.5% by the two assistant superintendents and the Central Office administrators in the 2011-12 school year. Those administrators also agreed to a 7.5% reduction in pay for the 2012-13 school year.

The remaining $2.6 million required to balance the budget will come from the District’s fund equity. The District may qualify for an added $100 per student in state funding by meeting the governor’s financial best practices criteria. That could represent another $600,000 in revenue, reducing the fund equity portion contribution to the budget to $2 million.

The budget calls for a staff reduction of 45 teaching positions, which at this time includes 8 layoffs. The remainder of the staff reductions will come from retirements and resignations.

Under cuts to the athletic department budget at the high school level, the District will only fund one co-op hockey team for students from both Lapeer East and Lapeer West. The board agreed to continue to fund a co-op swim and dive team for students from both schools.

Pay-to-Participate fees at the high schools will rise from the current $120 to $150 per student (for participation in up to four sports) and at the middle schools from $95 to $125 for the 2011-12 school year.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

City makes plans for Box City

Each year, Lapeer Neighborhoods, Inc. sponsors a FREE craft/art event targeted to pre-school & elementary age children called “Box City” during the Lapeer Days Festival.

This year’s event will take place during Lapeer Days downtown under the Farmer’s Market Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 19th, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th. Since this is a FREE event, it is quite popular and fun!

The goal is to help educate young people about how healthy, vibrant cities are formed via planning/zoning. The children receive a color coded “permit” at the registration table to build a place to live, work, buy things or help people. They then receive small cardboard boxes and crafts to decorate their “building.”

After each child completes their own masterpiece, they place it on the faux City grid in the proper color coded zone (i.e. homes near parks away from factories/industry; places to help people near neighborhoods, etc.). Each creation is a great piece of art, individually; but when all the buildings are placed together in the “City” it truly is a wonderful site.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Downtown Business Association also supports the program annually. Local involvement is key to the success of this event!!

Sometimes older students are the best volunteers for this program! Younger children really relate to teenage mentors. If any junior high or high school students are interested in volunteering (parents and art teachers are also always welcome), they can contact Denise Soldenski, Grant Administrator for the City of Lapeer at (810) 245-4221 or

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

East Class of '96 sets reunion

The Lapeer East Class of 1996 will host its 15th reunion on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.
At Castle Creek Golf Course in Lum.

Tickets are $40/person. For details, contact Mary Kobylczak 810-614-7855, or Mindy Patrick 810-724-0567
Or visit the Class of 1996 website to register, RSVP, or buy tickets:

Sponsors, donors sought for R-W 8th grade 'DC' golf outing

The Rolland-Warner Washington, DC, Committee, in collaboration with Devil’s Ridge Golf Course and Metamora Country Club, is hosting a Golf Outing on July 23 to raise funds for our 8th grade students attending their Washington, DC, Field Trip in early November of 2011. The outing begins at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 2 p.m.

Parents, teachers, and community members have come together to raise funds for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these 8th graders to go to Washington DC and to be part of their curriculum. The decision was made to move the Washington, DC, Field Trip to November, rather than the spring, so these young people can have deeper understanding and prior knowledge through hands-on learning experiences in Washington, DC. However, that shortened the time these young people have to fundraise and pay for their trip. They need your help to make this fundraiser successful.

Donations in the form of merchandise, gift cards, etc. are being collected for the silent auction and prizes for the golfers. The donations will make it possible for more than 160 participants to attend their Washington, DC, Field Trip and touch many young adults’ lives!

Sponsors also can contribute at levels ranging from $100 to $550 in exchange for a wonderful advertising opportunity for their businesses, a tax deduction, and the knowledge of helping local youth attend this awesome once in a lifetime opportunity of going to Washington DC and actually being part of their 8th grade curriculum!

All donations will be tax deductible and accompanied by a receipt, if requested, not to mention the advertising received through a donation. All businesses that donate items will be listed in the program, which will be handed out to approximately 300 golfers, more than 600 school employees and the more than 160 field trip participants and their families!

Thank you for supporting your local youth!

For details, please contact Anne Prill at 810 931-9852 or via email at

Chalk, books and exercise cap off the year at Lynch

Lynch Elementary students had a busy day June 3 as they demonstrated some sidewalk creativity, picked up some books for summer reading and -- for the fifth graders -- got in a little exercise.

Students in all grades particiapted in the chalk drawing contest sponored by the Lapeer Rebeckahs, turning the west side of the school yard into a gallery of visual delights.

At the same time, the PTC sponosred Book Sale was set up under a tent at the front of the school, drawing both students and their parents to some fine book bargains.

The bright sunny day also gave the 5th graders another chance to put in some laps on the athletic field out back. Throughout the school year the older students have been improving their fitness through their running club.

The Book Sale was a big success, which contributed to the PTC's funds for speical projects at the school.

This year's Walk-a-Thon in the fall raised more than $3,000 for the PTC funds, with the help of a long list of sponsores, including Kohl's, Columbiaville Flea Market, Hofman Shoes, Phil’s Tractor Repair, Delynn's Designs, Dinius Trucking, Farm House Family Eatery, Lee's Auto Repair, M3 Graphix, Tattoos At The Red Room, Use It Again Tools, Whispering Pines Adult Foster Care Home, Marz Food Service, Minkler Electric, Alaura's Portrait, Chilly Cow, Kaye Financial, Lapeer Sound Machine DJ Service, Mark Johnson Builder, Michaud Bookeeping, Outback Nails and Tanning, Performance Horses, Side Tracks Bar and Grill, Smith Refrigeration, Thorpe Animal Hospital, Wooden Nickel and Silver Screen.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Lapeer West hosts basketball camp

Boys Entering 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in the fall are invited to a summer basketball camp Monday through Thursday, June 20 - 23 and June 27 - 30 at the Lapeer West High School Gym.

The sessions are conducted by Lapeer West head basketball coach Andy Roberts and his staff and West varsity basektball players.

Camp runs from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. each day. The cost for the two-week session is $50. Basketball campers can register at the door.

Campers will learn how to:
• Improve ball handling and shooting.
• Strengthen defensive fundamentals.
• Develop teamwork skills.
• Learn to play at a higher level.

For more information, please contact coach Andy Roberts at 810-667-2477 or email