Notebook: Board of Ed honors History Bee finalists, discusses Little League Contract

The Dexter Community Schools Board of Education honored several local students who will be competing in the National History Bee.

Four out of Dexter’s five students who competed in the regional History Bee in Detroit qualified to compete in Louisville, Kentucky at the national level.

“We have a number of student who achieve great accolades not only to themselves but to the district,” Board President Michael Wendorf said.

Wendorf presented the students with a certificate honoring their achievements.

The board also discussed a proposed contract with the Little League that detailed the use and maintenance of several area fields. The contract would allow the Little League to have first pick at reserving the fields in exchange for the previous and ongoing work the club does. Improvements they’ve made include fencing and mound rebuilding.

Several board trustees including Bonnie Everdeen and Julie Schumaker expressed concern over whether or not the contract set a precedence of favoritism for the district.

Treasurer Richard Lundy argued that the contract was an extension of a previous written agreement, and to back out now would mean the district would lose face with a group that has done a lot to help maintain a public space.

That previous contract is no where to be found, according to Superintendent Chris Timmis. Timmis and his staff will continue to look for the contract and the board will take the issue up again at it’s next meeting, June 1.

Timmis also presented a slideshow from his recent trip to China, where he forged sister-school relationships. DCS is now sister school to three schools: North East Yucai Secondary in Shenyang, Chonquing Nankai Secondary in Chonquing and Chonquing No 8 Secondary in Chonquing.

The relationship, Timmis said, will help further Dexter’s goal of teaching and raising globally-aware students.

Dexter High School Principal Kit Moran also joined Timmis on the trip.

“All of us left with a very positive mindset,” Moran said. “To see the difference in the way the world has changed in the last 35 years is a glass half full feeling.”

The trip also sparked a conversation about Mandarin to elementary school foreign language studies. Currently, children study Spanish but Timmis is proposing a Mandarin Language Pilot Program.

Because of the sister-school relationship, DCS could easily find Mandarin-certified teachers to teach at the elementary level. According to Timmis teachers certified in a foreign language at the elementary level are difficult to find.

The board will discuss adding Mandarin again at the next meeting, June 1.

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