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  • Eagle Update from Superintendent Scoville

    Posted by Steve Scoville on 7/23/2020

    The Eagle Update
    From Superintendent Steve Scoville
    July 23, 2020


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    Farwell Area Schools are committed to developing a plan for this fall that keeps our staff and students safe, as well as provides the best education options for our families.  Many day-to-day details are still not known, because we won't know what phase we will be in at the start of school.  What we do know is that we are working in partnership with our local health officials and the Clare-Gladwin RESD to develop the best plan for safely reopening. 

    We are offering multiple options, so that families can be part of the decision of what is best for their student/family.  Superintendent Scoville has shared the available options in a letter that is posted on the top of this information.  The letter includes a link to sign up for online education, if that is what the family desires. We ask that if you are choosing online learning, please sign up by August 14, 2020 for planning purposes.  

    Click here and Use this link to sign up for the online option

    This is not a one-size-fits-all situation, and we understand there are many different factors to be considered.  Please reach out to us if you have questions! (Phones are still not working - either send a fb message, or email kvanbuskirk@farwellschools.net and Kate will get your message to the appropriate administrator.)

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  • VFW Donation to Band Boosters

    Posted by Paul Shimmons on 7/21/2020

    VFW Makes a Donation - 

    Today, July 21, 2020,  the members of Sparta-Esterline VFW Post 3039 presented Paul Shimmons, Farwell High School Band Director with a check for the Band Boosters. This comes as a way to say thank you to the many times the band members have supported their community by providing music for various functions. The band students always makes every attempt to have buglers for ceremonies the VFW hold. The full band also performs for events such as this past Veterans Day - even though it was snowing and cold out the kids marched down to the local park to share their talents in support of their community. The Marching Band is in progress of preparing as best as they can for this fall and this donation will help support that preparation.

    Present were Floyd Schmid, Denny Wissinger and Bill Geyer from he VFW, Steve Scoville Farwell Superintendent, April Frost Band Booster President, and Paul Shimmons Band Director.


    VFW Donation

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  • Covid 19 Preparedness and Response Plan

    Posted by Paul Shimmons on 7/2/2020

    July 2nd, 2020

    COVID 19 Preparedness and Response Plan

    The Farwell Area Schools are using the Governor’s Return to Learn Plan as a starting point. We are working closely with our local Health Department, the CG-RESD, and the schools in our region to develop a plan that focuses on the safety of students and staff as our first priority. Education and Flexibility will also be key tenants to our plan. We hope to have our plan approved by our Board of Education and published by early August. I am attaching a link of a survey for parents, I welcome your input regarding your child’s education in the 2020-2021 school year

    ( https://forms.gle/UtWr9FPgAybM7uer9 ).

    Bond Update

    The work on the Farwell Area Schools Bond Project continues despite the cancelation of in person instruction. Some projects like the boiler/heating/ventilation projects for all three schools are well ahead of schedule. The two new boilers in the elementary replace 11 boilers that were 32 years of age. The two new boilers in the high school replace 8 aged boilers. All of the piping and wiring for these system have been completed in the hallways. The new boilers are far more efficient and much easier to maintain and operate. The individual room unit ventilators are being replaced as they arrive. Due to COVID -19, we are experiencing some delays in their arrival.

    Boiler ES Boiler HS

    Our Administrative team and board committees have meet several times to review plans for secure entrances of all buildings, work that is planned for the summer of 2021. The roof projects for the high school and middle school are also started and progressing on schedule.

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    The project at our athletic complex that were scheduled for the summer of 2020 remain in question. Due to Michigan’s restrictive polices related to COVID-19, the contractors who were lined up to repair and resurface the track have moved on to projects in other states. This has moved our project that was scheduled for early May to the back of the list. We will know by early August if this project will be able to be done yet this summer.

    Budget Uncertainty

    The Farwell Area Schools continue to operate with major questions regarding our school funding. Although progress continues, it is slow and way overdue. The Leadership in Lansing is still wrestling with the funding for the 2019-2020 school year, while we are trying to determine our staffing needs for the 2020-2021 school year. Decisions that were made at the end of June could have and should have been made prior to the end of May.

    Boards of Education are required to pass budgets by the end of June. The FAS BOE did this while they had many unknown details for the coming year. We are being told that the cost to educate a student in the new COVID-19 norm will increase by $500 per student / per year. Meanwhile, we are being told to anticipate funding cuts of $600 to $1000 per student for the 2020-2021 school year. The Farwell Area Schools were on track to end the 2019-2020 School year with a 10% fund balance prior to the COVID-19 Shutdown. We will continue to keep the focus on educating our students and providing them a safe and quality learning opportunity.

    Schools can only make good plans if they have good facts on which to base these plans. We know the COVID-19 Pandemic will cause us to remain flexible on how we educate our students going forward. The unknowns of this virus do not excuse the leaders in Lansing and Washington from making budget decisions by the deadlines. Schools need answers regarding funding and pupil accounting. Without these details we cannot make good plans. Stakeholders of the Farwell Area Schools are encouraged to communicate your concerns to the leadership in Lansing and Washington. Schools and families need to make plans for the fall.

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  • Test Blog - News

    Posted by Paul Shimmons on 7/1/2020

    This is just a test Blog post to see what things look like in these Blackboard Blogs....

    FAS News

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