Part-time job rates for high school students decrease as course loads increase

Spartan Newsroom Reporters Sean Gardner, Rachel Hitchcock, Chiehyi Tsui and Allison Smith examined the impact and prevalence of working a part-time job while in high school. Video Credit: Sean Gardner and Chiehyi Tsui

Students are less likely to work a part-time job today as opposed to a few decades ago for a number of reasons. A higher rate of high school and college attendance is the biggest contributor. Substantial course loads require more time set aside for schoolwork, but rising college tuition rates lead many students to work to save up in preparation for the costs. Other students work to pay for everyday expenses like gas and food.

Williamston roads withstand polar vortex

A polar vortex recently swept across the midwest, hitting last week the town of Williamston. With record-breaking wind chills and multiple days of school cancellations, some residents did not need to worry about road conditions.

Road maintenance is manageable in a town this size that consists of only 14 miles of roads and that has sufficient resources, said Scott DeVries, Williamston’s engineer and director of public works.