Confusion brings resolution

Budget review

Bath Township’s board members were caught by surprise during their board meeting March 17 when Aaron Stevens, CPA for Abraham and Gaffney accounting firm, presented the 2013 unaudited budget to the board revealing the township’s budget was $720,822 “in the red.”

Stevens mentioned that certain revenue and expenditure line items would be adjusted during the actual audit, although the budget will “probably not” end in the black. Trustee Ryan Fewins-Bliss believes final audited numbers will be “pretty darn close” to the unaudited ones. It was evident during the board meeting that it was unclear why the budget was $700,000 over or who should be held responsible. “No one was keeping track of the checkbook,” said trustee Cindy Cronk. “No one wants to answer why this happened.”

The confusion and passing of blame had some local citizens concerned about how the township’s budget was being handled.

Bath schools move toward “blended learning”

By Brendan Smoker
Bath-DeWitt Reporter

Education proposal

 In President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address he mentioned the goal to connect 99 percent of all schools to broadband Internet. In this year’s address, Obama states, “With the support of the FCC and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon, we have got a down payment to start connecting more than 15,000 schools and 20 million students over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit. “ The government plans on completing this task within the next four years. Michigan State student Madeline Verklan studies elementary education and believes all schools should have Internet access. “School is meant to equip children and give them the tools needed to function in the adult world,” said Madeline.