Welcome to Almont Community Schools
401 Church Street
Almont, MI 48003
Joseph B.Candela, Superintendent
Student Population: 1540
Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 Mon-Fri
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This year’s election will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Two very important issues will appear on the ballot for your consideration related to the School District. The first involves the restoration of the non-homestead millage previously approved in 2012, which is now set to expire. While the non-homestead millage does not affect the average homeowner (non-homestead applies to business, industrial and second homes), it is an important part of school funding. In 1993 the funding structure for schools was changed significantly. Legislation referred to as Proposal A established the following.
- )A six-mill assessment on homes (non-voted);
- )A two-cent increase in the sales tax (to its current 6 cents); and
- )An eighteen (18) mill assessment on non-homestead (business, industrial, second homes) property (voted).
Funding for school operations in our District comes from these sources. To receive its full per pupil grant amount from the State of Michigan, a District must pass the 18-mill assessment on non-homestead property.
Voters in the Almont School District first passed this non-homestead millage in 1994, and have renewed it in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The funding received from this millage is significant and allows the District to maintain its programs. This renewal is for a four-year period.
The second issue involves the filling of three positions on the Board of Education. Mr. Jonathan Owens, Mr. John Brzozowski (incumbents) Mr. Rick Throop, Mr. James Gostomski and Mrs. Jill Bowman-O’Neil are all seeking six year seats on the Board of Education.
OK2SAY Hotline Up and Running
OK2SAY, a new hotline and student safety initiative available to Michigan students beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, launched last Tuesday, Sept. 2.
OK2SAY enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff or other school employees. The program will operate as an early warning system in our schools to thwart tragedies before they occur. Created as a result of the Student Safety Act (183 PA 2013), OK2SAY’s focus is on early intervention and prevention.
Students, teachers, parents, school workers, friends and neighbors can all submit tips, if they are aware of a threat in school. Tips can be submitted though the following ways:
Call: 8.555.OK2SAY (855.565.2729)
Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)
OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android.
Michigan Monitoring for Cases of Enterovirus
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is receiving reports indicating an increase in severe respiratory illness in children ages 5-17 across the state. MDCH is working with local health departments and hospitals to investigate these cases. At this time, Michigan has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with the national outbreak, but MDCH is forwarding samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing.
Nationally, clusters of EV-D68 infections have recently impacted the pediatric population in multiple states. Original reports described clusters of illness in Missouri and most recently Illinois. The majority of those cases had a previous medical history of asthma or prior wheezing. Currently, suspected cases are also being investigated in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah.
Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year. Symptoms of EV-D68 infection can include wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever and racing heart rate. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious requiring hospitalization. Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections but supportive care can be provided.
Young residents with asthma are encouraged to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications. Further, Michiganders can protect themselves from enterovirus by taking general hygiene precautions:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Additional information about human EV-D68 can be found in today's CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6038a1.htm
Almont Community Schools are committed to helping all students become responsible, independent, caring and contributing members of a changing society.
Every student will achieve academic and personal success.