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Supervisor voted against reading ofcials emails

could accord to himself the right to read the other elected officials emails, if The combination White deemed of a controversial probable VAN BUREN he hadto do so issue and a sixcause TWP. member Board of and thought Trustees produced he was enforcseveral aborted motions ing the laws of the townand tie votes at their ship, was voted down, 4-2. meeting March 6. In the White and Trustee Denise end, the issue of whether Partridge voted no, with Supervisor Paul White Partridge explaining that
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she wished to hear the township attorneys views before voting on the issue. The attorney was not present at Tuesdays meeting. At the root of the issue was the states Charter Township Act authorizing the supervisor to uphold the laws of the township, and a township policy that was developed some years ago addressing primar-

ily the procedures for an investigation of a township employee thought to be spending too much time surfing the Internet. Trustee Jeff Jahr, who had worked with Treasurer Sharry Budd, Clerk Leon Wright and Township Information Technology Director Steve Rankin to revise the policy, proposed two changes:

The supervisor is forbidden from reading other elected officials emails, unless the formal Freedom of Information Act is used, Before a township employees email may be monitored, two of the three full-time elected officials must concur. At the beginning of the

Van Buren Schools takes steps to curb $1.8 million shortfall

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Editors Note: This is the final part in our series about school secretaries. n a pattern that sometimes repeats itself among school secretaries, her role as a mom and her commitment to her children led Stephanie Karlinski to a career as secretary in the Van Buren Public Schools. The pedigree as a mom provides many positives in her current role as school secretary, but she said she has to sometimes remind herself to be a bit more detached when, say, a child who is bleeding turns to the school office and to Karlinski for help. My mom mode sets in a lot, she said of the challenge. How does she feel about the recent decision to Like many school secretaries and principals, Stephanie Karlinski and Aleisa Pitt are close Haggerty School a team, even on a cold, bright morning early in March. in June? Stephanie said that although the decision that the staff had begun for 24 years. She has twins, ment or supplies and made her a bit sad to see to consider the possibility a boy and a girl, who are 21. accounting for them so that the breakup of an effective a while ago and that they They are honor students the schools budget targets team at Haggerty, she could have had some time to at Western Michigan are achieved. see the benefits and that it come to grips with it. Aleisa University . The last bus leaves at the would ultimately be good recalled saying to the staff, Her typical workday has end of the school day at for the school district. Its not a building. Its us, her arriving at Haggerty 4:01 p.m. At times parents Haggerty Principal putting a fitting cap on a around 8 a.m., when she will call and ask that their Aleisa Pitt shared difficult decision with a tries to get as much work kids be held at school so Stephanies sentiments, profound emotional impact done before Haggertys they can pick them up, and acknowledging the emoon those associated with 445 students arrive at 8:38. occasionally that will lead tion and how the Haggerty the school. Regular duties include to delays Stephanie points family will miss each Stephanie has been marmanaging staff payroll, other. She added, however, PLEASE SEE BOND/7-A ried to her husband David placing orders for equip-

The recently amended 2011/2012 General Fund budget for the Van Buren Public Schools shows substantial progress toward eliminating the districts $1.8 million deficit, identified last June. The amended 2011/2012 budget that was recently approved by the Board of Education reflects a deficit of $(566,000), over a $1 million improvement in eight months. The proposed budget for the next fiscal year that begins in July, despite reflecting lower revenue and a negative fund balance, eliminates the deficit altogether and shows a surplus of $58,000. But the modest surplus is achieved using assumptions about additional personnel reductions and labor negotiation concessions that havent been completed. In fact, negotiations with the teachers union have just begun. Superintendent Michael Van Tassel sounded the cautionary note about the

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Council approves event, budget development

Central Business By Jerry LaVaute Special Writer Community representative Bob Wolters presented to In a 35-minute the city council meeting, the subject BELLEVILLE requests for matter moved from support of three the lighthearted events planned Flop E. Bunny for this year: to the serious, as city of Flop E. Bunny will Belleville officials outlined make his annual appeara budget development plan ance in town between noon for the new budget that and 2 p.m. April 7 at Victory begins in July. Park. Wolters requested that a police car and a fire truck be on hand for children to see up close. The Taste of Belleville will be held this year on Aug. 16, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Horizon Park on High Street, adjacent to Belleville Lake. High St. will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event. The CBCs annual Halloween event trick or treating at downtown Belleville businesses will be held on Oct. 31, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wolters asked for the citys help in putting up temporary barriers to ensure pedestrian safety as children and their parents cross Main St., which will not be closed to vehicular traffic during the event. Kay Atkins, representing the Belleville Area Council for the Arts, proposed that BACA be permitted to use Victory Station to sell refreshments during Flop E. Bunnys visit to raise money for a proposed purchase of a building to house the organization. After some discussion, a motion to deny the request

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