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Council outsources 24/7 dispatch services to Oakland County, sells dispatch equipment
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, June 14 2013

In a vote of 5-2, council made...

HOLLY, Michigan – More than 100 concerned residents filled the auditorium of Holly Middle School Tuesday night, and most of them left angry after council voted to shut down the village’s dispatch center and send the services to Oakland County.

In April, council began exploring the idea of outsourcing dispatch services to Oakland County as a way of saving the village between $80,000 and $150,000 per year, depending upon whether the village officials sent one 12-hour shift to Oakland County Dispatch per day, or scrapped dispatch services all together.  

While the village currently pays $305,000 annually to keep its dispatch center up and running, the cost of outsourcing dispatch services to Oakland County for one 12-hour shift per day is $43,000 per year,  or $113,000 per year for  24/7 services.

 
HAS school board awards ‘parting bonus’ to retiring superintendent
Written by Amy Mayhew
Tuesday, June 11 2013

Tony Mayhew presents Kent Barn...

HOLLY, Michigan – It’s the end of an era for Holly Area Schools, as Superintendent Kent Barnes prepares to retire at the end of the month after devoting 14 years of service to the district.

In recognition of his service, Board President Tony Mayhew presented Barnes with a commemorative plaque during the June 10 board meeting.

“Even though he asked us not to make a big deal of it – tonight is Mr. Barnes’ last meeting as the superintendent for Holly Area Schools, and we would like to recognize him for all the good work he’s done for the district,” Mayhew said.  Mayhew presented Barnes with the plaque on behalf of the current Board of Education, as well as previous boards for which Barnes has served.

 
‘Leadership Day’ spotlights success of Leader in Me program at Holly El
Written by Amy Mayhew
Wednesday, May 22 2013

Principal Franklin Cox

HOLLY, Michigan – Staff and students of Holly Elementary School pulled out all the stops on Wednesday as they celebrated “Leadership Day,” a day in which the school touted it’s Leader in Me school status, and showed nearly 60 teachers, administrators, community leaders, state officials, and others what they have learned, and how successful the program has been in its first year.

Holly Elementary School Principal, Franklin Cox, said he was tipped off about the Leader in Me program last year by soon-to-be Superintendent, Dave Nuss.  Cox and a group of teachers and parents traveled to Leadership Day at Beaumont Elementary School last spring, and soon after, got the ball rolling in Holly.


Last year, Holly Elementary School was one of 60 schools in North America to receive a $50,000 grant for the Leader in Me program, through the I Am A Leader Foundation. The funding, Cox said, will be used for Leader in Me training over the next few years.

 
Holly council holds off on dispatch outsourcing decision
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, May 31 2013

"Save Our Dispatch" signs can ...

HOLLY, Michigan – An over-capacity crowd crammed Holly’s Village Chambers Tuesday night as council members once again considered outsourcing the village’s dispatch center to Oakland County.

Last month, council initially began discussing the possibility of outsourcing dispatch services to Oakland County as a way of saving the village between $80,000 and $150,000 per year, depending upon whether the village outsources one 12-hour shift to Oakland County per day, or scraps dispatch services all together.  

While most of the nearly 20 residents that took to the podium Tuesday night were against the notion of outsourcing, a few spoke in favor of it.

 
HAS reports no significant budget cuts for 13-14 school year
Written by Amy Mayhew
Tuesday, May 21 2013

Kent Barnes announced his impe...

HOLLY, Michigan –  It’s good news for the Holly Area School district after Superintendent Kent Barnes announced that unlike in previous years, the district won’t be facing significant program cuts for the 2013-14 school year.

The news was presented to board members during a special meeting held on Monday, May 20, and will allow the district to enhance its offerings to students in several ways for the upcoming school year.

The district plans to continue its successful Young 5s program that was launched in 2012. Opportunity for expansion of the program remains in place, as new sections are expected with increased enrollment.  Additionally, the district intends to provide two elementary educators for added instructional time in K-6 art, music, and physical education.

 



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