In brief

Kearsley’s Pumpkin Patch Child Care set to reopen July 6

GENESEE TWP. — Effective July 6, Kearsley’s Pumpkin Patch Child Care will reopen with some new procedures in place to help keep children and staff, safe and healthy. Changes include asking families to limit one adult per child at pick up and drop off; adults are asked to wear a mask and sanitize their hands before entering the building. Staff will wash children’s hands frequently during the day and children will eat in classrooms, not in large groups. Detailed changes have been posted to the Pumpkin Patch page at the website, www.kearsleyschools.org. — G.G.

City buildings beginning to reopen

BURTON — The Burton Senior Center, 3410 S. Grand Traverse St., reopened to the public on May 15, allowing in only 10 people at a time, while maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. City Hall, 4303 S. Center Rd., is set to open June 22. The city will be limiting the number of people allowed in the building, masks must be worn, and they will be checking temperatures. — G.G.

Fundraiser for Burton Dog Park

BURTON — There will be a Spaghetti Fundraiser for the Burton Dog Park on July 31 at the Burton Eagles #3814, 3317 E, Bristol Rd. The event will benefit the proposed Burton Dog Park at Our Risen Lord Lutheran Church. The church and County Commissioner and Ellen Ellenburg are the hosts for the event.

The dinner will take place from 6-8 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the dog park. — G.G.

Staff changes at SCCS

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek Community Schools Board of Education has accepted letters of resignation from Katelyn Brown, teacher at Morrish Elementary School, effective June 10, and Donna Raniszewski, student support professional at Dieck Elementary School, effective June 11. Raniszewski is retiring.

In addition, the school district has hired Michelle Robbins as a custodial supervisor for the district, effective May 26. Thirteen janitors have been hired for the upcoming school year. All but Robbins were hired by Edustaff. More may be hired depending on sanitation needs due to the COVID-19 virus. — L.R.

Water tower eyed for school antenna

SWARTZ CREEK — With any major construction project, there’s bound to be some surprises.

Such was recently the case with the bond work at the Swartz Creek Community Schools administration building.

“There is a large antenna tower that must be moved,” said Superintendent Ben Mainka.

The antenna allows the transportation office staff to communicate with bus drivers on the road.

District staff are working with the City of Swartz Creek to lease space on top of the water tower.

Mainka said the lease likely would cost the district about $100 per month. He said he checked into co-locating on a cellular service antenna, but was quoted about $2,500 per month to lease space.

“The water tower is a great option,” he said. — L.R.

Lunch prices increased

SWARTZ CREEK — Students in the Swartz Creek Community Schools will pay a little bit more for lunch in the 2020-21 school year.

Elementary school lunch costs will increase to $2.75 from $2.50. At the secondary level, the price will go to $3.25, up from $3.10.

“We are required to pay back the FDA through our food service fund if we don’t maintain our pricing models,” said Superintendent Ben Mainka.

There were no increases last year. — L.R.