Superintendent discusses testing, linked program, millage at monthly coffee

By Haley Kluge
The Holt Journal

In a corner table of Mike’s Village Restaurant in Dimondale, Holt Public School’s superintendent Dr. Johnny Scott sat with four parents as he hosted his monthly coffee for community members. Nearing the end of his position, Scott discussed opting out of standardized testing, the ACT to SAT switch, Lansing Community College’s linked college program and the upcoming millage vote. Opting out of standardized testing

After spring break, students will return for a three-week testing period for the M-STEP standardized exam for English, math, science and social studies. Due to the extensive testing schedule, parents are exploring the option of pulling their students from participating. “When it (M-STEP test) first came out, there was some ambiguity from the state about whether districts have the option to opt out,” Scott said.

Will you vote yes for roads?

By DeAnna Sanders
The Holt Journal

In this year’s May election, the ballot will have a proposal on raising the sales tax on the roads from 6 percent to 7 percent. Rick Knop, co-owner of American Asphalt in Lansing, works in office bidding, estimations, asphalt paving/patching, asphalt sealing, drain repair and hot pour rubber crack filling in both Lansing and Holt.

“I just wish they wouldn’t have tangled up the two issues. I mean the sales tax to account for the road funding, education funding and long-term debt,” Knop said.  “I wish they would have kept the road bill entirely separate and the money that is raised for the roads go directly to the roads.” Evan Hope, Delhi Charter Township Clerk,  said, “Who represents us locally, statewide and nationally is up to us.