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Volume 166 Number 37

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EDUCATION

Super testifies on funding, costs


LESA chief tells lawmakers retirement
and health issues need to be contained INSIDE
By Christopher Behnan appropriations committee, chaired by vices based on what is needed to keep the
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS state Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Genoa Town- statewide pool solvent.
• A funding shift discussed in
ship. Rogers’ committee is tasked with This school year, districts paid just Lansing could mean Michigan’s pub-
The head of Livingston County’s inter- proposing a school aid spending plan for more than 20 percent toward the system, lic schools see a a $191-per-pupil
mediate school district urged legislators the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. and are projected to pay nearly 27 percent cut next school year — and that may
to contain public school districts’ retire- In his testimony, Menzel said retire- next school year, Menzel said. just be the beginning. See page 7A.
ment and health-care costs, and to use all ment costs — calculated as a percentage He said districts’ retirement costs could
school aid dollars to fund schools as they of school district payroll — continue to be contained by moving to a defined-con-
• Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget chief
develop next year’s K-12 budget. increase and cost public school districts tribution system, which would create a said last week that every area of gov-
Livingston Educational Service Agency more each year. set percentage paid into the pension pool. ernment will see cuts in this week’s
Superintendent Scott Menzel testified last The retirement rates are determined by budget proposal. See page 8A.
Scott Menzel week in front of the state’s school aid the Michigan Office of Retirement Ser- Continued on page 7

COMMUNITY
“With hockey and around homecoming, when we had so much stuff to do,
I wasn’t home for more than seven hours straight, when I would sleep.”
— Sean Nelson
Senior captain, Brighton High School hockey team
EDUCATION

Student body; busy bodies File photo by MANOOCHER DEGHATI/ASSOCIATED PRESS


An man holds a newspaper fronted with a picture of for-
mer Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the Arabic
headline “Finally he steps down” in Cairo, Egypt.

Residents watch
change in Egypt
with joy, concern
By Christopher Behnan
and Jim Totten INSIDE
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • Egypt’s army commits to
transfer power and
Two Livingston County resi- peace with Israel
dents with ties to Egypt shared two
very different interpretations of after the resigna-
what Friday’s resignation of Egypt- tion of President
ian President Hosni Mubarak will Hosni Mubarak,
mean for Egypt and its people. right. See
Mubarak announced his resig- page
nation late Friday morning after
weeks of protest in the streets of 5A.
Cairo and other Egyptian cities.
On Friday, the Egyptian military
assumed power.

Continued on page 5
Photo by GILLIS BENEDICT/DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Brighton High School varsity cheerleaders Gabe Tobel, left, and Amanda Garry are among teens who risk getting ECONOMY
overstressed by taking on a load of extracurricular activities and work on top of their school studies.
Mika
Bussey
helps a soc-
Bigger workloads, more responsibilities Unemployed turn
are becoming the standard for teenagers
cer team-
mate up. “I
like to make
lists, and
By Sarah K. Norris
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
still, so I like having things to do after
school,” said Mackenzie Frasso, a
Brighton High School senior who is edi-
to education to
even when
I’m driving, I
think about
what it is I
For adults, a schedule that begins with tor of the school’s yearbook, runs cross
the alarm ringing at 6 a.m. and ends with country and participates in other activi-
bedtime around midnight might seem the ties at the school, such as Students
norm. However, today, many teenagers Against Destructive Decisions.
compete for jobs
have to do,” are taking on a similar schedule. Frasso is one of 30 students at the By Lisa Roose-Church
said the Many students are dividing their time school who participate in a special lead- DAILY PRESS & ARGUS ABOUT THIS SERIES
Brighton between school, clubs, sports, work and ership class, responsible for organizing
other commitments, often packing more pep assemblies and taking on fundrais- Daniel Acromite believed his 20 • Last month, the Living-
High School into their day than many adults whose ers. The class, taught by Arnella Park, is years of experience as a mechani- ston County Daily Press &
senior. workday runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. cal engineer would help him Argus began an in-depth look
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS FILE PHOTO “I’m one of those people who can’t sit Continued on page 6 quickly find employment after at unemployment locally and
being laid off in February 2009. across the nation Each Sun-
However, his efforts were thwart-
day through March, we’ll pub-

Inside: Online:
ed when he reached the education
portion of a job application. He lish stories examining various
could not check the box that indi- aspects of the problem of job-
cated he had a college degree. As a lessness in the community.
The pastor of a county church is Visit www.livingstondaily.com result, prospective employers didn’t • E-mail story ideas for the
seem to take a second look at the
drawing attention to preventing to see our photo gallery from 48-year-old Genoa Township man. ongoing joblessness series to
disease in Africa with a new Friday night’s Brighton and lcp-metro@gannett.com.
documentary. See page 3A. Pinckney boys basketball game. Continued on page 6

INDEX
Best Bets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2A Names & Faces . . . . . . . . . . . . 3C Contact Us Mostly cloudy
County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3A Nation & World . . . . . . . . . . . 12A For home delivery: 1-888-840-4809 High 38
Community Calendar . . . . . . . 4C Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4A
Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10A Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1B To report news: 517-548-2000 or 517-552-2828 Low 28
Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10A State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8A Weather - 2A
Lifestyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1C Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6C To place a classified ad: 1-888-999-1288
Lottery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2A Week Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2A
6A DAILY PRESS & ARGUS-Sunday, February 13, 2011

COUNTY

An active life for Unemployed look


teens may increase for a educational
stress and demands boost to compete
Continued from page 1 ends isn’t going to completely cut it.” Continued from page 1 Experts attribute that to the
Because of increased stress and transformation in the automobile
made up of teacher-nominated stu- time demands, Christner said that “I tried to find another job, but industry and changes in manufac-
dents who range from captains of stimulant use among high school I couldn’t find one,” Acromite turing in general.
sports teams to student council and college students has increased, said. “That’s when I decided to go In past recessions, Sleight said, it
leaders and volunteering standouts. ranging from abuse of prescription back to school to get my degree.” was mostly the production workers
The workload these students take drugs for attention disorders to an A bachelor’s degree later, Acro- who lost their jobs, while manage-
on is becoming more typical for increased consumption of coffee mite, who found employment in ment — typically those at the pro-
teenagers, who are beginning to and energy drinks. his chosen field, joined the ranks fessional level with more education
accumulate responsibilities at an “That trend has emerged, which of Livingston County’s college- — were protected. However, the
increasingly younger age, said Dr. is even a little bit scarier, because educated work force. most recent recession, which began
Jennifer Christner, an adolescent- it’s not illegal or necessarily bad,” There are 83,357 individuals in in December 2007, saw a reverse in
medicine specialist at the University Christner said. “I think that they’re Livingston County’s labor force, that trend.
of Michigan Health System. using these drinks to stay awake according to 2009 statistics from “It’s not unusual that when
“I don’t know exactly why it is when they’re fatigued and they the Michigan Department of En- unemployment goes up, enroll-
that society has shifted from play- need to get things done.” ergy, Labor and Economic Growth. ment in post-secondary training …
time to lessons, but it has,” she said. Christner said she works with Of that number, 73.6 percent have at all levels increases,” he noted.
In order to deal with the de- teenagers who are prescribed at- some level of college education, The four-year institution enroll-
mands from these commitments, tention-deficit medication, such whether it is a few completed col- ment nearly tripled since the start
many teenagers have developed as Ritalin or Adderall, to help lege courses or a bachelor’s, mas- of No Worker Left Behind, ac-
sophisticated coping skills. them deal with the potential that a ter’s or doctorate degree. In com- cording to a 2010 report by the
“I like to make lists, and even friend or acquaintance may ask parison, 70.8 percent fell into that state’s energy, labor and econom-
when I’m driving, I think about them to share their medication. category in 2008. ic growth department.
what it is I have to do,” said Mika With the pressure and time de- Yet the college degree was no Acromite, who used the No
Bussey, a Brighton senior who is mands of so many commitments, File photo by JOHN HEIDER/GANNETT NEWS SERVICE protection for people targeted for Workers Left Behind grant and
captain of the girls soccer team. “I teenagers said that being involved Sean Nelson, left, senior captain of the Brighton High School layoffs due to the recession. other opportunities to finance his
also know that when I get over- is a reward itself. hockey team, skates away from the team’s goal Dec. 22 at “The changing nature of unem- degree, said he found it difficult at
whelmed, I always find a way to “For me, being involved feels ployment is impacting workers in first to return to college, where the
get things done.” really good,” said Gabe Tobel, a Novi Ice Arena. Nelson is one of a growing number of teens all education and skill levels,” said students seemed younger, but he
Students described a variety of senior cheerleader for Brighton, whose active lifestyle increases demands on their time. William Sleight, director of Living- quickly found a routine that helped
techniques to prioritize and sched- who is in the volunteering club “When I’m stressed, I really try they might feel, many teens said ston County’s Michigan Works! him balance studying and family.
ule their time, but emphasized that Interact and the National Honor to put hours into the church,” said they wouldn’t change their sched- “We’re seeing that in our office and “The path I chose worked great
attitude is key. Society. “You get to meet a lot of Kalee Nantz, who attends The ule if given the chance. certainly across the state. There is a for me,” he said. “Education is a
“I just try to keep a positive atti- people that you might not have Well Church in Genoa Township. “I feel like once you get older, higher percentage of experienced criteria you need to keep up on
tude,” said Cassidy Lawlor, senior met otherwise.” “It makes me feel good.” responsibilities start piling up,” and well-educated workers losing and pursue. The way the economy
captain of Brighton’s pom pon Making friends is another bene- For students with such impres- said Nantz “So, while you’re in their job in this recession than in the is going, it’s more competitive out
team and a competitive dancer. fit of having so many interests and sive resumes, applying to colleges high school, it’s your chance to do past.” there. You need any advantage
Most of the students in Park’s activities. should be a breeze. Yet one stu- a lot of different things.” The number of workers with a you can get to land these jobs.”
class admit to getting less sleep Morgan Zebley, a state-champi- dent, Taylor Vecchioni, said that Contact Daily Press & Argus bachelor’s degree or higher who Contact Daily Press & Argus
than they’d like and sleeping on swimmer who spearheaded applying to college was “one of reporter Sarah K. Norris at (517) were laid off in 2009 increased to reporter Lisa Roose-Church at
longer on the weekends. Some say Brighton High School’s Food the worst parts of high school.” 552-2847 or at sknorris@gan- 17.4 percent from 16.4 percent in (517) 552-2846 or at lrchurch@
they need a lot of sleep to function, Fight food drive this year, said, “I Many have already decided on nett.com. 2008, according to the state. gannett.com.
but most say they get between six moved here after my freshman their destination, but others are
hours and seven hours a night. year, so being involved in a lot of still waiting to hear from some
“With hockey and around home- things helped me make friends.” schools or are making tough deci-
coming, when we had so much Another motivator for high sions about where they’ll attend.
stuff to do, I wasn’t home for more
than seven hours straight, when I
achievement is family expectation.
“For me, I had two older siblings
“I have two scholarship compe-
titions coming up, so the process
Richard A. Wandzel, D.O.
would sleep,” said Sean Nelson, who were very active; they were feels never-ending,” said senior Otorhinolaryngologist (ENT)
senior captain of the Brighton
hockey team.
always back and forth between
things,” said Anthony Swain, who
Kristin Oliver.
Getting the applications done
and
Richard Wandzel, D.O.
Lack of sleep is one of the con-
sequences of a busy lifestyle that
plays tennis for Brighton. “It’s sort
of expected in my family that you
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