Who wants $3 million back? Grand Ledge Public Schools taxpayers to benefit from bond refinancing

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

After paying for a School Building and Sites bond issue since it was approved in 2007, the taxpayers of Grand Ledge Public Schools are soon getting a bit of a refund. Superintendent of Grand Ledge Public Schools Brian Metcalf announced in a press release that taxpayers will see a savings of approximately $3 million over the next 20 years. The money stems from the refinancing the 2007 bond passed for school improvements and will bring a 12 percent savings on interest rates. “The benefit of refunding or refinancing the bond is that after 10 years we have the opportunity to go back and see where interest rates are. Can we finance any better interest rate that we can save our taxpayers a whole lot of money?” said Metcalf.

Haslett Public Schools will miss Duda, but confident success will continue

By Kelly Sheridan
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — Earlier this year, Mike Duda, the superintendent of Haslett Public Schools announced he would be retiring at the end of the school year. Duda has acted as superintendent for 12 years and has worked in Haslett Public Schools for 40.The Haslett Public School Board is currently in the process of hiring their next superintendent. “Haslett Public Schools doesn’t do this often,” President of the Haslett Public School Board Kristin Beltzer said. “Duda has been superintendent for 12 years and the superintendent before him held his position for 14 years.”

Beltzer said the process began as soon as Duda announced his retirement. “Mike Duda announced [his retirement] in September, so we spent a little time to figure out the process and what we wanted it to look like,” Beltzer said.

One year into change, Holt High School officials okay with split campus plan

By Carrie Lynch
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Just last year, Holt High School sent seniors on their own while freshman joined everyone else. The North Campus holds college class for seniors and the South Campus, or the Main Campus, holds class for the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Holt Public Schools Superintendent David Hornak said this change was beneficial to all students of high school age. Prior to this change, ninth-graders had their own building, separate from grades 10-12. “Moving the ninth-graders to the senior high helps them to engage in high school experiences for preparation of high-stakes standardized testing and provides resources to keep students on a path to a successful future,” said Hornak.

Superintendent David Hornak: 120 days-plus and counting as leader of Holt's schools

By Courtney Kendler
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

By his own accounts, Holt Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hornak has been in office for just over 120 days. But, does anyone in the district really know him yet? Behind the thick-rimmed glasses, white button-down shirt and larger-than-life smile, you will see a man, who, in his own words is, “tickled to be here.”

Sitting down for an interview, Hornak exudes confidence and charisma with every word he says about Holt Public Schools. It takes only a matter of seconds, and a quick glimpse around his office, to see just how passionate he is about his students and his role as superintendent. Before taking his current position as Holt Public Schools superintendent, Hornak spent 22 years working in the district as both an elementary school teacher and principal.

Institute publishes school superintendents’ salaries

By Cody Harrell
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—A report on school superintendent compensation in Michigan shows a range of $300,000. The collection was published in late February 2013 by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Media Relations Manager Ted O’Neil said that the purpose of the database was to provide transparency for taxpayers who were concerned with the distribution of funds by school boards and superintendents. O’Neil said that superintendent compensation is determined can be affected by a number of factors that are worked out between the superintendent and school board members. Although compensation is not required outside of salary and pension, many districts offer annuity, health benefits, insurance, travel and other expenses.