Avondale elects officers

The Avondale Board of Education elected new officers Jan. 7. Serving for 2013 are President Sid Lockhart, Vice President Sean Johnson, Secretary Ken Hedrick and Treasurer Scott Bittinger. The board meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Avondale Administrative Offices, 2940 Waukegan Street, Auburn Hills. … [Read more...]

Educators sound alarm over lame-duck school bills

Vickie Markavitch

A series of bills pending in the state legislature that would make huge changes in how schools are run and funded appears to be on the fast track for passage before the legislative session expires this month. The bills would create a new statewide Education Achievement Authority with a goal “to expand the number and types of public entities permitted to operate … public schools.” They would also allow for new conversion schools, moving low-achieving public schools to new management by … [Read more...]

Avondale approves all-day kindergarten

Avondale will join a growing number of school districts in offering all-day kindergarten beginning next fall. The board of education approved the change at its February 6 meeting. Superintendent George Heitsch said the decision was prompted by financial incentives from the state and increased readiness for school of the children in the Avondale community. “We are excited by this change. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and parents,” Heitsch said. Avondale encompasses … [Read more...]

6 Avondale students Win Scholastic Art Awards

Six Avondale High School art students earned a first place/Gold Key in this year’s Southeastern Michigan Scholastic Art Awards. Their work will continue on to New York City for the National Competition in late March. Rachel Tran, a senior from Rochester Hills, won a Best of Show awards for her art portfolio. She was one of seven portfolio winners from among 300 submissions. She also won a Silver Key (second place) for drawing, three third-place certificates for drawing and one for digital … [Read more...]