Dale Hamilton celebrates retirement after 42 years

His nickname might be “Grumpy,” but don’t let that fool you. Behind his tough exterior, longtime custodian Dale Hamilton is a Teddy Bear at heart. “He’s a goofball and everybody knows it,” said his oldest daughter, Karrie Jolly. “He’s the biggest jokester and biggest prankster. If he teases you, it means he likes you.” Friends […]

Students honored for citizenship

Clarkston Area Optimists Club honored Outstanding Student Citizens from Bailey Lake and North Sashabaw elementary schools, April 27, at Clarkston United Methodist Church. “This is something I’m really excited to be a part of, something I look forward to every year,” said Bailey Lake Principal Glenn Gualtieri, who honored fifth grader Aaron Ludwig with the award […]

First early college grads made the grade

  In the next few weeks, fifth-year seniors Karina Ramirez and Haley Maloney will not only receive their high school diplomas but also an associate’s degree from Oakland Community College (OCC) as Clarkston High School’s first Early College graduates. “The academic, social and emotional maturity these guys have gone through the process of the last […]

All welcome at Prism Club

BY MARY MCKILLOP Clarkston News Student Writer The Prism Club at Clarkston High School had their first meeting on April 19, but it has been a long time in the making. The club was started by senior Hannah Wilson, junior Daniel Ephlin, and sophomore Lorraine Walsh. It was created to offer LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

Survey says bond support high, but trustee not convinced

Of the nearly 1,400 people responding to Clarkston school’s bond proposal survey, more than 90 percent support at least part of the plan. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story, said school board Trustee Craig Hamilton. “A lot of that is how you word the question,” Hamilton said. “‘Do you support your kids being safe?’ […]

Staff honored for decades of service

Clarkston Community Schools honored over 60 staff members at the April 18 regular board meeting, who have served the district for 25 years and more. Of those, nine were given special recognition for their service of 35 years or more. Susan Banworth served 41 years as educator for Clarkston Community Schools. Banworth is serving her […]

Students shine with Sparkle Awards

Students shine with Sparkle Awards

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Clarkston Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (CSEPAC) honored the hard work of all those working with students with special needs at the Sparkle Awards ceremony at Clarkston Community Schools Administration Building, March 30. Over 250 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the Clarkston Foundation. Heather […]

Residents split on school bond

Residents split on school bond

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer For Clarkston school district resident Allen Lowe, the school board’s decision to move forward with a $75 million “no millage increase” bond is frustrating. “I’m disappointed to see here that a lot of us were right – for what you were asking for (in 2012), you needed about […]

Student artists honored with recognition awards

Student artists honored with recognition awards

Clarkston Foundation for Public Education honored young artists with Student Recognition Awards in Performing Arts and Visual Arts, April 15. “I really admire you for all the imagination and all the time you spend on your craft,” said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock. “The skills you learn will help you academically and in life.” State Rep. […]

School officials go to Washington

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer Three Clarkston school administrators along with school board President Steve Hyer got a look at the new federal education law Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) after taking a trip to Washington D.C., March 14-15. Hyer, Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock, Andersonville Elementary Principal Kim Fletcher and North Sashabaw Elementary […]