Sara Swanson

Fire siren sits silently waiting for residents’ feedback

Most village residents have probably noticed by now the absence of the fire siren that for years sounded every time the Manchester Township Fire Department was dispatched. In March, the Fire Department explained that all Washtenaw County Fire Departments still using them upgraded from older VHF pagers to 800 MHz (megahertz) pagers as a result of […]

 Sara Swanson

Manchester Community Schools to hire interim superintendent

The school board officially accepted Superintendent Cherie Vannatter’s resignation at the regularly scheduled school board meeting last Monday night. Vannatter’s last day will be July 14th. After cake and praise for her service, the school board discussed how to proceed in the search for a new superintendent. The decision was made to hire an interim […]

 Sara Swanson

Changes at the Co-op Preschool next year

Open enrollment has begun at the Manchester Cooperative Preschool for the 2017/2018 school year. And they’ve announced a new format for next year. Instead of splitting the 3 year-olds, 4 year-olds and Young 5’s into separate sessions, all ages will be combined into joint, all-day sessions which will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am […]

 Sara Swanson

School board votes to disclaim member’s behavior but not to censure

Last Monday at the regularly scheduled school board meeting, the board went into closed session to hear the findings of the independent investigation into the actions that led to the formal complaint by a principal alleging verbal abuse by a school board member on May 10th. Afterwards, the board came back into open session and held […]

 Sara Swanson

PALM bike ride to travel through Manchester this week

Thursday, June 29th, the Pedal Across Lower Michigan bike ride (PALM) will be passing through Manchester on Austin Road then veering south on Clinton Road on their way from Grass Lake to Milan on Day 6 of their 7-day ride from Saugatuck to the Lake Erie Metro Park. The total distance of the ride is between […]

 Sara Swanson

Superintendent Cherie Vannatter accepts position at WISD

Last week, amidst the chaotic hustle and excitement of the end of the school year, teachers and staff of Manchester Community Schools learned of another change taking place in the district. They, along with the school board, were informed that Superintendent Cherie Vannatter will resign and beginning July 17th, take over the position of Assistant […]

 Amelia Herron

The Beaufort Street Banshee – Manchester’s cryptid

Cryptid – noun.  An animal whose existence or survival is disputeted or unsubstantiated. This word originated in 1990 with the rise in popularity of cryptozoology, a form of pseudoscience in which people “study” or search for cryptids. While you might not have heard the term before, many cryptids themselves are well known, such as the Yeti, Bigfoot, or […]

Manchester hosts gerrymandering presentation

Last week more than thirty Manchester Area voters gathered in the High School Library to learn about gerrymandering in Michigan. The Wednesday, June 14th event was hosted by local groups and brought the non-partisan Voters Not Politicians Regional Director, Andrew Banka, to town to talk about this widely-used but little-understood political practice. Banka’s presentation explained gerrymandering and the problems […]

 Sara Swanson

21st Century Learning Hub to be built at Klager for 5th & 6th graders

While much of the building consolidation conversation has revolved around the 7th and 8th grades moving to the High School and the change for the recent 6th and 7th graders, who expected to be returning to the Middle School in the fall, the 5th and 6th grades moving to Klager in the fall means a big change […]

 Sara Swanson

Sidewalk construction begins in Manchester Woods

You may have noticed what appears to be road construction in Manchester Woods, the subdivision between Klager Elementary School and the Middle School. It is actually the beginning of the Safe Routes 2 School sidewalk construction project! After sidewalk construction along Woodland Way and Glenwood Circle in Manchester Woods, sidewalks and crossings will be constructed along East Main Street, then Duncan Street, the […]

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