Holt High School, pictured, is one of the many places in Holt students can go to receive specialized special education curriculum.

In Holt, special education is underfunded but still successful, officials say

There are about 35 professionals and 65 parent professionals that make up Holt Public School’s special education staff. But according to the director of special education across the district, Wayne Abbott, it’s enough for Holt.

“We individualize programs and services to the needs of the particular student,” Abbott said. This is all thanks to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was signed into law in 1990. Across the country, just like students in Holt, students with disabilities are given what is called an Individualized Education Program, or IEP. It’s a federal mandate that many fear is in jeopardy under the new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

One of the more active community service-driven churches in Holt, Michigan, First Presbyterian runs the local Holt Food Bank Medical Lending Closet, and offers free tutoring for elementary school students.

What’s “happening” in Holt? Local churches are numerous and the place to be

Roy Sweet reclines in his seat after another Delhi Charter Township board meeting. He’s the township treasurer and recalls the time, 56 years ago, when he was baptized at Holt United Methodist Church. He’s been a regular attendee ever since. “It’s really the people who kept me going back. A lot of the same people still go there,” Sweet, who now serves as the treasurer of the town, said.

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Where do your taxes go? Let’s take a look

It’s February, which means homeowners across the nation are soon to begin receiving their annual taxes from the previous year. Many residents in Holt have noticed increasing taxes as the years go by. “(Taxes) are pretty high,” Holt resident of four years Christen Lott said. “I don’t necessarily know why. I’m sure there’s a good reason for it.”