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Statements conflict on merit-based hirings

According to Superintendent Al Roberts, selection of Clarkston's new deputy superintendent and human resources director was to be based on specific profiles developed for the district, not familiarity....more >>
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Hollywood Stars

Students shined on Independence Elementary's stage. Over 30 acts performed during the school's 11th annual variety show, April 29. The students performed their favorite songs either by singing, dancing or playing an instrument....more >>

School board trustee to focus on students in the middle

When Elizabeth Egan's students sit down for their weekly piano lesson - the first thing she asks is about school. "I want to tailor my piano lesson with them," said the newest trustee to the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education....more >>
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Sashabaw Middle School earns Green status

Everyone was green with excitement as eight Clarkston schools were honored for achieving Michigan Green School status, April 28. Sashabaw Middle School celebrated not only achieving Evergreen status - the top honor - but also voted as the top Green School of 170 schools participating this year....more >>
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Clarkston teams tackle world problems, earn trophies

Have a problem? Future Problem Solvers from Clarkston can solve it. Students from Clarkston Community Schools did as they faced the topic of Food Distribution in the Future Problem Solving Program's State Bowl, April 17 and 18....more >>


By Shelley Schwaderer Roland Special to The Clarkston News On Tuesday evening, May 11th, the Concert taking place at the Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center will be extra special....more >>
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Super tallies another positive evaluation

Compared to the school board's glowing evaluation a year ago, Superintendent Ken Gutman's performance has declined in the board's estimation. But not by much. Gutman's second evaluation of the current school year "meets expectations" in all seven areas examined....more >>
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Wanted: One school boardmember

Six school boardmembers will be left after Bill Walters, board president, retires in June. To fill that spot, the board is accepting nominations until May 19. Want to throw in your hat? To be considered for the position, a resident must be a "qualified and registered elector of the school district," according to the district's bylaws....more >>

Superintendent contract proposal surprises board

At 7 p.m., the board room in Lake Orion Community School's administration building was packed with presenters, parents, teachers and an occasional student, April 28. But four and a half hours later, a meager audience of five was left to hear the board's human resources committee propose a 10 percent cut and a new three-year contract for Superintendent Ken Gutman....more >>

Residents call boardmember's eligibility into question

Is School Boardmember Tiffany Weber-Phillips eligible to serve on the board? Each side of the coin shows two very opposing answers to the question. On one side, she and husband Matt Phillips call their house on Park Island their "homestead," making Weber-Phillips a Lake Orion School District resident, and eligible to serve on the board....more >>
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Student of the week

Brittney Diesbourg

Brittney Diesbourg Parents: Remi and Lisa Diesbourg Grade: Senior Favorite subject: She loves all of her classes--it's too hard to pick one. Extracurricular activities: LOHS's Troupe 2898 Thespian Society....more >>
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Fixing cars, breaking tradition

As if being a teenage girl wasn't tough enough these days, imagine being one in a class filled with boys studying a field that's typically controlled by men. That's an awful lot of testosterone to deal with, but Oxford High School junior Joselyne Villagomez handles it well and even excels in her auto collision repair class....more >>
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Future accountant makes top 10 in nation

Deciphering the language of numbers is certainly no mystery to Brittany Brady. In fact, when it comes to computerized accounting, the Oxford High School senior is tops in the nation....more >>
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Students off to learn how govt. works this summer

Today, they're bright, eager high school students, but tomorrow they could be our political leaders making policy decisions in Lansing and Washington D.C. A highly-motivated group of six Oxford High School students have been selected to participate in three summer programs designed to educate them about public service, promote good citizenship and prepare them to someday take the mighty reins of government....more >>
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Once more into the pond

Sixth-graders at Oxford Middle School put on their thinking caps last week and spent some time exploring the retention pond on their school's property. From identifying acquatic life in the pond to testing its water quality, the students analyzed and recorded every detail with precision....more >>
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A lesson in Oxford history

Daniel Axford second-graders got a local blast from the past last week as they toured the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum in downtown Oxford. The kids learned about Oxford's history as the "Gravel Capital of the World" and as the home of Brace Beemer, the radio actor who played the Lone Ranger....more >>
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