The Hornet Hive Podcast
The Hornet Hive is your one stop location to get up to date on everything that is happening within the Williamston Community Schools.
info_outline New Buses, Arts Fest & Improvements, Spring Sports & More 04/23/2019
New Buses, Arts Fest & Improvements, Spring Sports & More In this episode of the Hornet Hive we explore the new buses that the district now has and how this enhances our school safety. We celebrate the success of the recent Arts Fest and other Arts improvements within the district as well as moving up in sports athlete rankings within the state. We talk about an upcoming fundraiser for the Williamston Schools Foundation and more.
info_outline Robotics Competitions, Arts Awards, A New High School Entrance & More 03/06/2019
Robotics Competitions, Arts Awards, A New High School Entrance & More In today's podcast we explore a new high school entrance, the new robotics team competing in their first competition, many arts awards and more!
info_outline Be Nice, District Improvements, Safety and more 01/15/2019
Be Nice, District Improvements, Safety and more Today on The Hornet Hive Podcast we have Dr. Michele Cook, Director of Curriculum and Special Education of the Williamston Community Schools and Dr. Adam Spina joining us. This week we talk about the new Be Nice program that kicks off on January 30 from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm with a program at the McGoff Auditorium. We hope all will come. We also talk about a number of improvements that happened over the holidays across the district as well as some new safety improvements that are planned in the future at the high school.
info_outline Sports, Arts, Grants, Safety and more 11/14/2018
Sports, Arts, Grants, Safety and more Today on the Hornet Hive podcast, Dr. Adam Spina, Superintendent of the Williamston Community Schools and Dr. Christopher Lewis a Trustee on the WCS Board of education talk about fall sports, arts, new grants with the district that will help enhance school safety and a bit more.
info_outline Enrollment Growth, Fund Balance, Restorative Justice & the Be Nice Program - EP 6 10/06/2018
Enrollment Growth, Fund Balance, Restorative Justice & the Be Nice Program - EP 6 This week we speak about enrollment growth, the district fund balance, restorative justice and the Be Nice program. All-in-all we have some amazing programs that everyone should try.
info_outline Summer Changes & Momentum For an Amazing New Year 08/26/2018
Summer Changes & Momentum For an Amazing New Year Today, Dr. Spina and Dr. Lewis talk about all of the changes that happened over the summer to prepare the district for the new school year. They also talk about new staffing, safety and security within the school district, new technology that will be available for home-bound students and more. They speak about momentum and the positive strides the district has accomplished within the last year and the positive momentum that the district is on for the upcoming year!
info_outline CADL Library, Safety & Security, Sinking Fund & More 08/15/2018
CADL Library, Safety & Security, Sinking Fund & More In this episode of the Hornet Hive we explore the new CADL Library, Safety & Security, Sinking Fund & More.
info_outline Arts, Awards and Middle School Changes - EP4 08/14/2018
Arts, Awards and Middle School Changes - EP4 In this episode of the Hornet Hive we discuss the Spring Fine Arts Fest where children from all ages were brought together to celebrate the music that we offer within our schools. Our schools have also received a number of awards including rankings from the State and what is wonderful is that all of this recognition are well-rounded. The Middle School is also going to be going through some changes. The Middle School library will become the new Capitol Area District Library for Williamston and it will be open in June. Also at the Middle School the innovation labs are still working forward. There will be two labs, one in the 6th grade wing and one in the 7th grade wing. There is a responsible learning lab that will be more conducive for learning for students that need this extra assistance. Finally, there will be a Student lounge and book room that will take books for the existing library into a space for kids to explore.
info_outline Sinking Fund And School Safety - EP3 08/12/2018
Sinking Fund And School Safety - EP3 The Board of Education is currently considering a proposal to allow voters to amend the District’s existing Sinking Fund. The proposal would not result in a tax increase, it would only replace and extend our current Sinking Fund so that it can also be utilized for school safety enhancements. This is a concept I proposed to the Board after receiving numerous articles of correspondence and phone calls from parents, community members, and staff over the last several weeks regarding the safety of our schools. It also comes as a result of listening to student questions and concerns and feedback from security experts who have conducted inspections of our schools. As I have mentioned many times, our existing Sinking Fund has been an invaluable financial asset. WCS has traditionally invested a much higher than typical percentage of our state foundation allowance in the classroom. This has resulted in WCS being recognized by the Department of Education as one of the best fiscally managed districts in Michigan. Over time, however, our dedication to investing in the classroom came at the expense of supporting infrastructure and facilities. The current Sinking Fund has effectively filled this void by allowing for emergency repairs as well as much needed facility upgrades to roofs, boilers, air conditioning systems, doors, and other similar items, without having to divert resources from academic programs. Learn more about what has been accomplished thus far here. When our original Sinking Fund was passed, the only legally eligible expenditures were for facilities repairs or upgrades. In 2016, the law was changed so that schools could use Sinking Fund dollars for safety enhancements. In order to do this, voters must approve via a new ballot proposal. If approved by the Board, the revised Sinking Fund proposal would be on the August 7, 2018 ballot. Read the proposed ballot language currently under consideration by the Board of Education here. Should this proposal pass, the current 1 mil Sinking Fund will become eligible to be utilized for safety enhancements throughout the District. We have partnered with a variety of law enforcement, security, and emergency managers to conduct vulnerability assessments of our buildings. The revised Sinking Fund will allow WCS to address those needs while continuing to simultaneously repair facility deficiencies. It cannot be utilized for employee salaries, benefits, or other operational costs. All Sinking Fund expenditures are audited to ensure transparency. If the proposal is not adopted or does not pass, the current Sinking Fund stays in effect, but could not be used to address security or safety vulnerabilities. I’ve been asked, as a Superintendent, what keeps me up at night. The safety of our students is the answer to that question. In order to ensure you have accurate information on how the current Sinking Fund can be amended to include safety enhancements to our schools, please do not hesitate to contact me. While I cannot advocate for how to vote, I want to make sure accurate information is available so that an informed decision can be made by our community.
info_outline Transportation, School Safety & The CADL Library Move - EP2 08/12/2018
Transportation, School Safety & The CADL Library Move - EP2 This podcast includes updates on transportation, school safety, and the pending Williamston Libary relocation initiative.
info_outline Grants, Library Move & Restorative Justice - EP1 08/12/2018
Grants, Library Move & Restorative Justice - EP1 We continue to experiment with new ways to better communicate with stakeholders. Dr. Christopher Lewis and Dr. Adam Spina have produced a simple podcast with a summary of the Board of Education Meeting from 22 January. Topics include the Dart Foundation Grant, the potential Williamston CADL branch move, and the recently approved Restorative Justice policy. Click the link below to listen. Any feedback is always appreciated!