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District Update
District Update
Dan O'Connor
Friday, March 27, 2020

June 23rd, 2020

Good afternoon.

I wanted to share a few brief updates from the district. If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me as I'd be glad to assist in any way that I can.

August School Ballot Proposals 
Alcona Community Schools has two renewals on the ballot in August. A flyer with additional information is linked here. Due to the stay home executive order, communicating information about the renewals has been more difficult than ever. If you would like to share the flyer, feel free to print and distribute it. We also have copies in the district office available. Ballot language can be heavy on details, so I'm going to leave a summary below to clarify what is on the August ballot:

  • Renewal of 18 mill non-homestead tax is the same as it's been since 1994, and Proposal A passed in Michigan. The 18 mill renewal provides the vast majority of our state funding(90%) for per-student funds. The district relies on the 18 mills to provide the majority of programming for students.
  • A renewal of the one-mill sinking fund is also listed. The renewal is listed on the ballot as a "new" sinking fund. The reason it's classified as new is the state changed its allowable uses for sinking funds to now allow security and technology along with the previously approved facility upgrades. So, while it's listed as new, it's a renewal of the same sinking fund passed five years ago.

Educational Options for Fall 
Alcona Schools will offer as flexible educational opportunities as possible this fall. We will be ready to serve students 100% online or a more traditional face to face model(more details to come in the next month). We are looking into options to provide families internet and devices for as many students as we can. As you are considering options, please contact your building to ensure you have the most recent information from the district. We are committed to supporting your students in whatever way your family prefers.

Mr. Edwin Barber Resignation 
Mr. Barber resigned from the district as of June 30th. He and his family are moving back to Texas(was previously a principal). We are sad to see him leave and thank him for his three years to the district. We are currently evaluating options considering both internal and external options to guide us through 20/21.

Grab and Go
Please help us spread the word on our Grab and Go food distribution. We have had very inconsistent numbers over the past few weeks, which makes it challenging to plan for how many meals to distribute.

I hope you summers are off to a wonderful start. Stay safe, all.


Daniel O'Connor
Alcona Community Schools