Free lunch programs provide meals for students in need, as well as help provide funding for the school. Bath, Dansville, DeWitt, and Holt Public Schools share similarities in their programs including how they’re reimbursed and how to sign up for the program. “There is a big need for kids to eat a free meal, at least in our district,” said Cathy Zeeb, the food service director for the Bath District Public Schools
“That might be the only meal they get to eat all day long, it’s necessary,” she said. Chris Salmon, Food Service Director for Dansville and Mason public schools, echoed Zeeb’s statement, and added another reason why the programs are important. “The program is important because it give the kids a well balanced lunch, but it also helps fund itself and help with other funding,” Salmon said.
Although observers in the Asia-Pacific regoin expected that a Clinton presidency is preferable to a Trump administration, some are wondering if either candidate can measure up to the standard established by President Obama in international relations with the region.
“I don’t like the way the elections are going right now,” said Peyton Holtcamp. Saying she isn’t fond of either candidate, Holtcamp described the 2016 election as a mess. “It’s between a nutcase and a nitwit. There is no winning this term,” she said. Holtcamp, 21, is not currently registered to vote, but plans on registering to vote for this year’s election.
Holt Public Schools have received eight bomb threats this school year. “All of the threats were handwritten on a wall, mostly in bathrooms,” said Superintendent David Hornak. The threats were not specific and listed no date or time. “Things like this tend to be copycats,” said Dr. Tod Burke, the Associate Dean of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University. Burke is a criminal justice professor and former Maryland police officer.
HOLT — Funding and staffing are two of the biggest challenges for Holt Public Schools in their special education programs.
“Funding and staffing are a challenge for all of the schools,” said Superintendent David Hornak. “We have to be strategic and have to offer efficient programs.” “Special education takes up a lot more of the budget than general education does,” said Michael Willard, principal of Holt High School. “Special education teachers are assigned to students, so we have to pay for them and teachers teaching the general education students. This puts an extra burden on the district,” he said.
By Anna Shaffer, Roya Burton, Jalen Smith, and Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporters
While the arrest of Ingham County Prosecutor came as a shock to most residents, it shed light on the harsh reality that sex crimes do happen in Mid-Michigan and that a stereotypical criminal isn’t always the suspect. Dunnings was arrested on March 14 after a year-long investigation. He is facing charges for a total of 15 criminal counts including pandering, engaging in the services of prostitution, and willful neglect of duty, according to a press release issued by the State of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. The arrest has gained widespread attention, partly due to Dunnings being an outspoken advocate for ending human trafficking and prostitution. And these crimes have hit close to home for many local residents regarding a problem many didn’t realize was there.
Holt’s low crime rate does not mean there’s no drug abuse. “We have a fair amount of drug use. More heroin, prescription drugs, and pot than anything else,” said Deputy Cheryl Huhn of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department. Heroin and marijuana are more used because they’re cheaper than other drugs at street level. “Weed is used more than any other illegal drug.
Bank robberies are pretty rare in Mid-Michigan in the first place. Last month, that rare event happened twice. And on the same day. The two banks were the FirstMerit Bank in Delhi Township and Comerica Bank in Lansing, both on Cedar Road and both robbed on the morning of Feb. 20.
Kerry Pahl said her daughter attended Holt schools for a year before moving back to the Lansing School District. “She liked the teachers, and had to work harder because of the higher academic standards. Holt schools have a pretty good reputation,” she said. The numbers bear that out. The U.S. Census website says that 94.5 percent of the population of Holt ages 25 and over are a graduate of high school.