Time to order new buses
FLINT TWP. — A few new school buses might be coming to replace some of the district’s aging fleet. Twelve district buses were red-tagged last month during an annual Michigan State Police bus safety inspection, said Russ Parks, assistant superintendent in his report to the Board of Education last week. State law requires that all red-tagged problems on buses be fixed before they are allowed to transport students. Problems noted included broken exhaust pipes, a leaky fuel tank, windshield chips, a rusted battery cage, floor and step rusted through and some brake sticking issues. Parks noted that several of the tagged buses are old with high miles. Two of the oldest are 1995s with 202,928 and 252,662 miles respectively. “For the 2012-12 budget, we may be recommending the purchase of 2-4 buses,’’ Parks said. — R.S.
Successful middle-school behavior program being tried at elementarys
FLINT TWP. — Following positive results at the middle-school, the “Why Try’’ behavior improvement program will be piloted at two Carman-Ainsworth elementary schools, according to Maribeth Goodheart, Carman- Ainsworths’ director of special services, in her report to the Board of Education last week. The middle program targeted select seventh graders and is being considered for use with eight graders based on positive results seen so far, Goodheart reported. Why Try is a handson approach addressing dropout prevention, violence prevention, deterring drug and alcohol use, reducing truancy and failure and circulating anti-bulliying information, according to information on its web site at www.whytry.org. —R.S.
School employee will keep job while working new one
FLINT TWP. — In an arrangement that may continue until summer, Sue Warren will continue to work in the Carman-Ainsworth business office though she was hired in December for a new job with the City of Burton as its Human Resource and Labor Relations director. Because of her knowledge of federal programs, Warren will continue to work mornings and nights for the school district while a replacement is sought, said Russ Parks, assistant superintendent, in a report to the Board of Education last week. He said the working arrangement will be monitored and reviewed at spring recess. He said keeping Warren on board is in the best interest of the district until a replacement is found. — R.S.
Holy Rosary to hold Scrapbooking Day
GENESEE TWP. — Holy Rosary, 5191 Richfield Rd., between Belsay and Genesee roads will hold a scrapbooking day Jan. 28, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The cost is $35 if registered by Jan. 20, $40 after that day. The cost includes lunch, dinner and snacks and beverages all day. There will also be vendors, raffles and massages. To register: Call 810-744-9228. — G.G.