Greetings Huskie Pack:
Wow! The 2021-2022 school year for students will be complete tomorrow afternoon, Friday, June 3rd. There is so much to be thankful for as we cross the finish line. I am grateful for you. If you are reading this, you are likely a staff member, parent, or community member, and this year highlighted our partnership and work together.
We celebrated the Class of 2022 at Hemlock High School's commencement ceremony this past month. I can assure you that our future as a region, State, and Nation are bright as these graduates will be the caretakers of our future.
As we shift gears, remember that learning takes no vacations, and I would encourage everyone to get outside and visit the park, go to the library, and explore our area for new opportunities to learn and grow. We live in one of the best places in the world, don't miss out on the chance that this time away from school provides you to explore.
As I said last month, the district has a rich history of honoring individual accomplishments and contributions over the years, but recently launching the Huskie Hall of Fame will add another opportunity. It is impressive to see how many alumni of Hemlock High School have gone on to accomplish big things, along with those that give of their time, energy, and efforts to make the school a better place for students. Make your nomination today by clicking here.
This August voters of Hemlock Public School District will find two things on the ballot involving the school. The first is an 18-mill non-homestead operational renewal. This is NOT additional funds but rather a state requirement to pass non-homestead, affecting 2nd homes and businesses. The dollars generated are already deducted from the school's per-pupil funding allowance from the State of Michigan. We would not be able to operate the school district if this milage were to fail and would have to bring it before voters until it passed. The second is a Saginaw ISD Special Education millage that would offset over $300,000 that the school district receives annually invoiced for special education services. If successful, the district would be able to use these unrestricted funds to better support mental health, curriculum, and more.
In 2022-2023, our vision will be bigger and bolder for our school district and students. We will continue to work hand in hand with our parents and community to make our strategic and master plan a reality.
Until we talk again, be safe, be well; all the best,
Don Killingbeck, Superintendent