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School meals disrupted, technology deliveries late

It was a mostly positive Houghton-Portage Township Board of Education meeting, but the district is dealing with some disruptions in regards to services provided to students. Stacked in the room next to the center table were Chromebooks that had been ordered over the summer, but had just arrived. The laptops were already in the process of being distributed to students.

Superintendent Doreen Kramer said that Houghton has been subjected to lunch changes that were not planned.

Sometimes right now what’s on the menu might not be what we actually serve. I think that’s happened twice, but it could continue to happen. Shelby’s very resourceful and she can plan accordingly. We do have some excess things, but sometimes we are short in other areas and she’ll have to shop at the last minute for some things. So, you may hear of that. That is impacting us just a little bit.

The district sent out a memo warning of the possibility on September 24th. The problem is not unique to Houghton. Several news stories have cropped up nationwide on the issue in recent weeks.

High School Principal Cole Klein shared encouraging results from the M-STEP standardized tests. Houghton showed generally consistent gains in reading, with math being uneven. You can see the results here.

Anders Hill talked about some fun activities coming up for elementary school students. Grades K-2 will be getting a visit from the fire department this week. For Halloween, students will parade in costume at The Bluffs Senior Community, with the hope that it becomes a new tradition.

Only one applicant submitted materials for the superintendent position. The Board intends to conduct an interview prior to the next monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 9th. Kramer is stepping down at the end of 2021.

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