2011-09-29 / Front Page

RAPS agrees to list St. Helen Elementary building for sale

By Thomas Reznich

The Roscommon Area Public Schools Board of Education voted to authorize the listing of the former St. Helen Elementary School building with a real estate firm during their regular meeting on Sept. 21.

A resolution approved by five board members (board member Jim Scott was absent) authorized Superintendent Catherine Erickson “to meet and discuss terms for the listing of St. Helen Elementary School with Ruth Clemens, ERA Houghton-Higgins Real Estate.”

The board also approved a bid from Twin Oaks Landscaping, LLC for snow removal for the 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years, and accepted a gift of $200 from Haley Glover and a matching $600 gift from the Lumina Foundation to benefit the Roscommon High School golf program. They also voted to retain the district’s athletic coaches as employees of the Roscommon Area Public Schools for the 2011- 2012 school year.

Lori Sajdak and Becky Purvis of the Houghton Lake Committee for Better Schools addressed the board, telling them the focus of the HLCBS is to help pass the COOR special education millage issue in the Nov. 8 election. Sajdak told the board that the millage “will benefit every student” in both the Houghton Lake and Roscommon school districts, and that in Houghton Lake’s case, the millage represents $344,000 to the school’s budget. Erickson said passing the COOR millage is important for both districts and that it would bring $700,000 to RAPS.

In her report to the board, Erickson said enrollment numbers at the beginning of the school year look strong, and that a projected loss of students has not occurred, although she cautioned that “it is still early.” She said that the transportation department is running 13 bus routes rather than the 12 which were anticipated.

Erickson also thanked the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the supplies that were presented to RAPS through the organization’s Stuff the Bus program.

Board President Brian Hill reminded the board that a board retreat will be held on Oct. 18 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next regular board meeting will be held on Oct. 19.

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