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Delton Kellogg Elementary takes the home out of homework
Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 18:00 pm
Hastings Michigan News

Hastings Michigan News

Luke Froncheck

Contributing Writer

Students attending Delton Kellogg Elementary will no longer have to bring work home to complete – but they will still have assignments.

In an announcement during the Delton Kellogg School Board’s regular meeting Monday, Superintendent Kyle Corlett said he and elementary Principal Karmin Bourdo have decided that elementary students will no longer be given homework. Instead, parents are being asked to read to, or with, their students for 20 minutes each day.

During the meeting, Corlett said multiple studies have shown that giving elementary-age students homework has little effect.

“Just reading 20 minutes a night has a greater effect than homework,” Corlett said. “I think it’s great as long as parents are reading with their kids.”

Corlett said Bourdo had sent out an email to all elementary school parents, notifying them of the change.

“I didn’t get that note, but thank you,” trustee Jessica Brandi said.

During his report, Corlett added that Delton Kellogg’s SAT scores keep going up. The current senior class reached an overall average of more than 1000 points.

“This year’s senior class did really well on the SAT last year,” he said.

Corlett also reported that last week, he met with state Rep. Julie Calley, Sen. Dr. John Bizon and other Barry County superintendents.

“They [the representatives] shared with us that they believe the current budget in the House will get approved,” Corlett said. “That would see a $240 increase per pupil, or about 2 percent, which is good, but it’s not keeping up with inflation. It would be nice if we could get more, but at least we’re moving in the right direction.”

Delton Kellogg’s new free breakfast program is well-received, he said.

“So far this year, we’ve served 2,300 breakfasts,” Corlett told the school board. “Last year at this time, we had served 1,400. So, we’ve had an increase of 900 breakfasts served in the first two weeks of school. I think that’s fantastic.”

Corlett said the number of lunch purchases also has increased districtwide.

In other business, the board:

-Approved several personnel changes, including the hiring of middle school special education teacher Janet Krammin and reading interventionist Angela Parshall.

-Accepted the resignation of longtime track and basketball coach Rick Williams, who said he is looking forward to slowing down in his retirement.

-Approved schedule ‘C’ positions, including class of 2023 sponsors Jessica Broussard and Laure Hufford; class of 2022 sponsors Tim Goggins and Karen Willis; class of 2021 sponsors Laura Hufford and Mary McFannin; class of 2020 sponsors Sara Nevins and Chelsea Matousek.

-Voted to approve appointments or re-appointments including middle and high school band director Sara Knight, Follies director Jessica Broussard, Follies assistant director Megan Boer, student council sponsor Janis Dinda, yearbook sponsor Jessica Broussard, National Honor Society sponsor Carla Poignard, Quiz Bowl coach Carla Poignard, middle school yearbook sponsor Katie Lebeck, middle school student council sponsor Katie Lebeck, and success center mentors Chelsea Matousek and Connie High.

-Heard a presentation from high school principal Lucas Trierweiler who said failure rates have decreased from 13.4 percent to 5.8 percent since the 2013-14 school year. He attributed the success to staff members working with students during advisory periods.

-Approved a band trip to Nashville, Tenn., in April and the fourth-grade trip to Mackinac Island.

The next board of education meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the elementary school media center.