School bond vote in August

After months of discussion, a $75,980,000 bond proposal for the Clarkston Community Schools, will appear on the Aug. 2 ballot. “The board has gone through a very exhaustive process starting with surveying our community, meeting with our stakeholder groups, engaging with GMB Architecture and Engineering group to visit all of our sites and do an […]

Learning about the law

Students learned a lot about the legal system during Clarkston Area Optimist’s Respect for Law program. For one, trials aren’t like they are on television. “It’s definitely a lot less dramatic than on TV,” said Kendall Hime, eighth grade student. “Lawyers ask a lot more questions.” “There’s more yelling on TV,” said Marco Pacifico, ninth […]

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 […]