School district continuing with ALICE

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul is reassuring the community that all students at the high school – and across the district – will be safe this school year. Last year, several members of the district staff partnered with local law enforcement to undergo ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, […]

New development coming to township

New development coming to township

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The northeast corner of Clintonville and Mann roads will look substantially different in a few years’ time. At the Aug. 20 regular meeting of the Independence Township Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved the rezoning of nearly 80 acres from single family residential to single family attached […]

Back to school

Back to school

Clarkston students are happy to start the 2020 school year this week, including, from left, Clara Hughes (Kindergarten), Alayna Hughes (second grade), Alaina Young (Kindergarten), and Savannah Young (second grade), heading into Independence Elementary on the first day of school, Aug. 26. Photo by Matt Mackinder

Sashabaw work enters next phase

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Construction on Sashabaw Road will switch sides in the next couple weeks. Paving work on the southbound lanes from I-75 to Clarkston Road was to begin on Tuesday, with work on the shoulders and driveways starting on Thursday. There will be a stop sign added and lane shifts […]

Clarkston teacher up for national award

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Joel Massarello is among six Michigan high school skilled trades teachers in the running for a share of $1 million in cash. Fifty teachers from across the country were selected as semifinalists in the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. “I think this is […]

Former Tiger Dirks settling down in Clarkston

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Looking to buy or sell a house in Clarkston? You may be lucky enough to deal with a former Detroit Tigers outfielder. Andy Dirks, who played for the Tigers from 2011 to 2013, going to the World Series in 2012, is now a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway’s Clarkston […]

Township urged to reconsider cannabis business

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Would a cannabis business work in Independence Township? Two area women think so, presenting the idea to the Board of Trustees on Aug. 20. The Township Board approved and adopted a zoning ordinance amendment prohibiting marijuana establishments in the township earlier this year. But emergency administrative rules for […]

New teachers ready for ’19-20 school year

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer A Clarkston school bus pulled up to Cook’s Farm Dairy on Aug. 13 and a slew of new district teachers unloaded to go enjoy ice cream and each other’s company during an orientation activity. This year, a total of 28 new teachers and staff members have been hired […]

Hybrid school offers education alternative

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer After 16 years of working with homeschooled children, Clarkston resident Tarla Gernert realized that many people wanted to give their children a different kind of education but didn’t feel they could homeschool on their own. They wanted more support, guidance, help, and community. Gernert found the solution, partnering […]

Security beefed up at schools

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With school district bond projects set to wrap up before the first day of school on Aug. 26, Clarkston High School will have notable changes this year. According to CHS Principal Gary Kaul, one of the most important bond updates is the reconfiguration of the attendance office, and […]

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