News Briefs

Seasoned contractor gets the Woodland roofing job

FLINT TWP. — The contract for a new roof at Woodland Elementary School has been awarded to Lutz Roofing of Shelby Township. A bid of $242,800 was approved by the Board of Education at its meeting last week.

According to its web site, Lutz has been in business for 29 years doing commercial roofing work throughout the Mid-western United States and Florida including jobs at Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Auburn Hills, McLaren Cancer Center in Clarkston, a Meijer store in Utica, Beaumont Hospital in Troy and the Little River Casino in Manistee. — R.S.

Deferred compensation retirement plan approved

FLINT TWP. — The Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education unanimously approved a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan to allow district employees to contribute to their retirement.

According to the IRS web site, 457 plans are available for certain state and local governments and tax-exempt organizations to allow employees to defer income tax on retirement savings, with limits, into future years.

Assistant Superintendent Russ Parks said only a handful of districts in Genesee County offer it and he estimates 10 to 20 district employees would take advantage of it.

Superintendent Bill Haley said details of the plan will be explained to employees once it is set up. — R.S.

Closing of Fazoli’s restaurant cancels annual post-grad dinner fundraiser

FLINT TWP. — A Spaghetti Dinner planned for May 13 at Carman-Ainsworth High School, sponsored by the Post-Grad Committee, has been canceled due to the closing of Fazoli’s restaurant, which was providing the food. At this time, no alternate dinner is planned, said Darla Conway, co-chairperson of the Post Grad Committee – a group of parents who raise money throughout the year for an all night party at the high school following graduation. It includes food, entertainment and prizes in a fun, safe, drug and alcohol-free environment.

The Post Graduation Party will take place after graduation on June 2 from 10 p.m. until morning. This event is open to all graduating seniors. Tickets are $20 if purchased before graduation, and $25 at the door. — R.S.

For Your Reading Pleasure

FLINT TWP. — Not quite Oprah’s book club but Carman-Ainsworth’s board member Patrice Hatcher shared at a recent board meeting what she’s reading (actually listening to) that might interest others. Hatcher’s choice is “Join The Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World ” by journalist Tina Rosenberg, published by W. W. Norton & Company. Hatcher said it offers many insights on getting students to influence peers to create positive change such as not smoking. Hatcher said the book came to mind after listening to a district report comparing behavioral and performance differences between new students and continuing students. Superintendent Bill Haley said it reminded him of a book he’s read called “The Wisdom of Crowds : Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations” by James Surowiecki, published by Anchor Books division of Random House Inc. — R.S.

Economist to speak at Baker College

FLINT TWP. — A presentation by Paul Traub, business economist from the Detroit Branch of the Federal Bank of Chicago will be held 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24 at the Baker College of Flint Auditorium. His topic will be the current and forecasted economic conditions including GDP, unemployment projections, interest rates and related economic issues. Sponsors are Baker College of Flint, Baker College Student Business Association, Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Flint Journal and Junior Achievement of Genesee Valley. — R.S.

Board cancels May 2 meeting

FLINT TWP. — The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Township Board will be May 16, after the Board of Trustees voted at its Monday night meeting to cancel the May 2 meeting because of the school election the next day. No reason was given for canceling the April 18 meeting. During public comment, a resident voiced concern about delays in conducting township business during the six-week interim. — R.S.

Volunteer drivers needed for Genesee-Lapeer ARC

GENESEE COUNTY — The American Red Cross Genesee-Lapeer Chapter Med-A-Ride Program needs volunteer drivers. The Genesee- Lapeer Chapter works with Lapeer County residents who need help with transportation to out of town medical appointments. The Chapter has a van that has been equipped with handicapped equipment, such as a chair lift, etc., in order to help these individuals. Volunteer drivers are needed one day a week. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Janet Hamm at 810-232-1401, ext. 304. — G.G.

Help someone read

GENESEE COUNTY — Genesee County Literacy Coalition has a lineup of tutors waiting to assist adults who need help to read for free. We have the Flint Public Library and ALL Genesee County District Libraries sites as places for students and tutors to meet. If you know anyone that could use help to read or help with English as a second language, please call us!

For more information, volunteer opportunities or adults needing free help to read, please call 810-239-9425. — G.G.

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