Keeping our schools secure

To the Editor:

I’m writing to share my thoughts about the May 4 bond proposal put forth by Beaverton Schools, and in particular, building security. Full disclosure: I am a trustee on the Beaverton Schools Board of Education and the parent of two Beaverton students.

Each year, our administrators, teachers and support staff are entrusted to provide a secure environment for our Elementary and Jr./Sr. High Schools. Along with that, those of us in the community have expectations for keeping our children safe.

When our schools were built, we didn’t live in a world where deadly school violence was something people worried about; consequently, we did not build our schools to properly defend against it. But in today’s world, it’s a dangerous assumption to think that just because a tragedy hasn’t occurred in our community, it never can; we must be properly prepared.

Our district has taken important steps over the years, like adding School Resource Officers, which has made a huge difference in prevention and deterrence. But they still need that technological backbone to be truly effective and address emergencies immediately, and that means updated video surveillance, secure entrances, and working notification/communication systems.

The upgrades and changes proposed in the May 4 bond will help achieve that and keep our schools secure. I encourage you to get involved and get informed. Please visit www.StepUpToCatchUp.com, and please make sure to vote on May 4.

Sincerely,

Jason Pahl

Trustee, Beaverton Schools Board of Education

 

Acknowledging Don Hall

To the Editor:

In the March 24, 2021 edition of the Gladwin Record there was a wonderful write up about the Hall Funeral Home and it’s being the oldest locally owned business since 1916. Donald W. Hall, son of Floyd and Arwilda Hall, was inadvertently left out of this article. I think Grandpa and Grandma Hall would be upset by this, as I am.

Don Hall died on July 7, 2014 at the age of 91. He served in WWII in the Army from 1943-1945. In 1949 Don went to the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary and graduated. He was part owner of the Hall Funeral Home until the mid-1970s when he sold his share/interest in the family business. Don also served as Gladwin County Coroner for several years. He continued working in other funeral businesses until 1982. He was honored by the Michigan Funeral Directors in 1999 for 50 years in the business.

Don deserves to be respected and acknowledged in such an important historical article. 

On a personal family side, Don was the “uncle” who always made you laugh, and teased you constantly, but he was one of our favorites. He was an incredibly proud man, decent, and he cared about people. He was my Mom’s (Fran Ferrell) brother, our uncle and today I’m standing up for him and his contributions.

Thank you,

Maryellen (Ferrell) Greening

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