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© Copyright 2010 by The Romeo Observer Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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RCS’s worst case scenario means deep cuts by CHRIS GRAY Observer Staff Writer Romeo Community Schools Board of Education took its first look at some of the worst-case scenarios for the 2010-11 budget. At Monday night’s meeting, Interim Executive Business Director Mike Dixon presented the minimum operating threshold (MOT) for the district, a list of deep cuts that would reduce the district to its minimal level of services. The MOT is the “minimum programs and services the district could offer and stay in compliance” with state and federal law,

level, a total of 7.3 teachers would be eliminated, and a non-duty supervisor, a secretarial position, schedule B stipends and library technical assistant (LTA) would be cut. At the high school, a secretary, LTA, the SERVE coordinator, and three teachers would be slashed, along with schedule B stipends, outsourcing hall monitors and eliminating or reducing CTE programs with low enrollment. Other categories included the possible elimination of a $430,000 contribution from the general fund to (See CUTS on Page 9-A)

board policy and labor agreements. “The MOT is a worstcase scenario, and we may very well be in a worst-case scenario,” Dixon said. The MOT is broken down into nine sections: Elementary, middle and high schools, buildings and grounds, transportation, food services, athletics, central office and other considerations, which deals with items like bond issues. Dixon said under each category is a list compiled by administrators of what could be cut in order to meet the MOT, from jobs to stipends.

The Romeo-Washington Above, AFSCME Vice-president Beth Ardoin speaks Chamber of Commerce against outsourcing jobs to the RCS Board of Educawill hold “Lunch With The tion at Monday night’s meeting. Sheriff” from 11:30 a.m.-1 (Observer photo by Chris Gray) p.m., Monday, April 26, at Younger’s Irish Tavern. Of the nine categories, classroom sections, office Captain Tony Wickerthe board examined the ele- assistant hours, a noon duty sham from the Macomb mentary, middle and high supervisor and schedule B County Sheriff’s office will schools at the meeting. At stipends would be reduced. inform participants about the elementary level, two At the middle school the new crimes happening in Northern Macomb County. He will give inforSHOVEL-READY. At left, mation on how to protect Washington Township offiyourself, your home and cials and others take part in your business. the groundbreaking cereThe cost, which mony for the new fire staincludes lunch, is $10. Bohm planned to attend an by KELLI KREGER tion, expected to be comReservations can be made Observer Special Writer HCMA meeting last Thurspleted in November. From by calling the chamber at day to discuss the matter, left, Trustees Abbey JacobThe Huron Clinton Met- but the meeting was not (586) 752-4436 or e-mailson and Lisa Rapp, Assisropolitan Authority has open to the public. ing tant Fire Chief John Clark, withdrawn its participation Bohm said that the townFire Chief David Poterek, from the crushed limestone ship did take steps to set * * * * Supervisor Dan O’Leary, improvements planned to be aside enough money in Trustee Art Grimes, former made on Wolcott Road, said reserve for the program. fire chief Gerald Alward, Supervisor Charlie Bohm at “If they don’t participate Clerk Kathy Bosheers and the Ray Township Board we’re going to be $11,000 Dist. 11 Senator Alan Sanmeeting April 6. born. short, and would have to A co-op program with the appropriate out of that fund,” Macomb County Road Com- added Bohm. mission had made the lime“Our goal for a long time stone available to the town- has been to complete anothship this year. The Road er avenue through the townCommission would provide ship, other than North funding for half of the project Avenue and Romeo Plank. and the township proposed We decided that the best to split the rest of the cost avenue is Ray Center Road with the Huron Clinton then Wolcott Road all they Metroparks. way to 32 Mile,” said Bohm. Originally, with the sup- “The project wasn’t just drivport of HCMA, the township en out of thin air, it is part of $1.5 million grant made project possible planned to put crushed lime- a long-standing plan.” stone down on Wolcott Road The matter was put on Look for this Section on by CHRIS GRAY from the Wolcott Mill the agenda for the May 5 Observer Staff Writer Page 1B & 8B of today’s paper Metroparks Farm Center meeting where the board entrance north to 31 Mile will make a decision on its On a sunny Monday morning, construcRoad. tion workers took a break as Washington next step. Bohm said the funding In other business the Township officials took over digging up the and participation of Huron board: land in celebration of a new fire station. Clinton Metroparks was The Washington Township Fire Depart• Sent modifications of approved at the local level the township sign ordinance ment, township officals and other commuand all the way through the under the date of Jan. 6, nity leaders held a groundbreaking ceremochain of command but when 2005 to the Planning Com- ny for the new fire station, located on 27 it went to the board head- mission for review. Mile Road between Jewell Road and M-53, quarters in Brighton it was • Approved the updated which is expected to be completed in voted to be removed from the Ray Township employee November. The Washington Townagenda. manual. ship Board of Trustees Fire Chief Dave Poterek said the new “I wrote a letter that I • Gave its endorsement station’s location should help with response will meet 7 p.m. tonight, sent to all of the board mem- for the passage of Resolution time since it’ll have easier access to the April 14, at the Township bers, individually asking A-54, urging federal legisla- expressway, and can access other sites by Poterek announces the new station will be Municipal Building on named after Alward. them to tell us why they tors to create a comprehenVan Dyke, located north of (Observer photos by Chris Gray) (See DIG on Page 8-A) backed out,” stated Bohm. sive jobs program. 26 Mile Road. * * * * The Village of Romeo Board of Trustees will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the Community Center on Morton See the Underground Railroad display at Romeo Arts and Archive Center Street. plantation to segregation issues found locally by CHRIS GRAY * * * * in Romeo. Observer Staff Writer The Bruce Township The display, which opened this month, Board of Trustees will Residents are asked to take a look at the will run every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, evidence and decide whether six northern Romeo Arts and April 21, at the Township Macomb County Archives Center, Hall on East Gates Street. homes were involved located on N. Main * * * * with the UnderStreet. The Romeo Downtown ground Railroad. Museum Curator The Romeo HistorDevelopment Authority Richard Beringer ical Society’s latest will meet 7:30 p.m. said it took about six exhibit, “The Secret Wednesday, April 21, at months to complete, Railroad,” encourages the Community Center on though he and his residents to check out Morton Street. wife spent about 27 and even contribute * * * * years researching the evidence about six The Washington Towntopic, focusing on SEEKING THE TRUTH. Above, Museum Curator Richard homes and decide ship Board of Trustees Romeo for at least Beringer shows how various northern Macomb County whether they and will meet 7 p.m. Wednestwo of those years. cities such as Romeo were on the route slaves would travel their owners truly day, April 21, at the TownThe information has to escape to Canada. At right, six local homes are “on trial” broke federal laws to been compiled into six books, each featuring ship Municipal Building for possibly being a part of the Underground Railroad at the help slaves who sought freedom in Canada. one of the homes. on Van Dyke, located Attendants can also learn the history of Romeo Historical Society’s latest exhibit. north of 26 Mile Road. (Observer photos by Chris Gray) slavery in America, ranging from life on a (See DISPLAY on Page 8-A)

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