News & Notes - 6/7/23 Fraser-Clinton Chronicle

Fraser-Clinton Chronicle | Published June 9, 2023


Clintondale Community Schools hires new superintendent
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clintondale Community Schools Board of Education selected Kenneth Janczarek as the district’s new superintendent on May 31.

“I’m extremely excited about it,” Janczarek said about being selected. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Janczarek comes to the district from Clarkston Community Schools, where he is currently the director of special programs. Other positions he’s held include the innovation director at Lapeer Community Schools, principal at Turrill Year-Round Elementary School in Lapeer, principal at Schickler Elementary School in Lapeer and a teacher for Waterford School District.

The biggest factor that drove Janczarek to Clintondale was the idea of the district being family oriented.

“The idea that they are a family is something that is really important to me,” Janczarek said.

“That idea of family really stood out to me, of wanting to be part of a group that worked to support kids,” Janczarek added.

Janczarek takes over from interim superintendent Barbara VanSweden on July 1 and plans to be at Clintondale enrollment rallies and other summer functions when his current position allows.

Clintondale’s superintendent seat opened when Rodriguez Broadnax resigned last December. Broadnax is currently the interim superintendent for Muskegon Heights Public Schools and will become the superintendent of the Grand Coulee Dam School District, in the state of Washington, on July 1.


Macomb County Commissioners seeking applications for Veterans Affairs Commission
MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Macomb County Veterans Affairs Commission.

The position is open to Macomb County residents “who have served honorably on active duty or those who have served actively in a U.S. war,” according to a statement announcing the vacancies.

The vacancies are four-year terms lasting from Aug. 1, 2023, to July 31, 2027. Duties of the commission include appointing its director, reviewing new benefits offered by the federal government, reviewing applications for the burial allowance and attending bimonthly meetings.

Applicants are expected to have “demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in public service, business or finance.” The statute requires the commission to have one independent member who may or may not be a member of a congressionally chartered veterans’ organization. If applicable, a letter from the veterans’ organization must be submitted with the application.

Applications can be found online at and can be mailed to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, 1 South Main Street, 9th Floor, Mount Clemens, MI 48043. Applications can also be emailed to

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 7.


MSU Extension opens pest, plant diagnostic lab
MACOMB COUNTY — If you find a weird bug or plant, don’t throw it away — bring it to the experts. The Macomb County Michigan State University Extension has opened a plant and pest diagnostic lab at 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, in Clinton Township, allowing gardeners and other curious folks to drop off plant and insect samples on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for testing. The lab is part of the extension’s consumer horticulture program which operates the toll-free lawn and garden hotline at (888) 674-3464 and other programs to help Macomb County residents with green thumbs.

Those with samples they wish to have tested should call the lab before arriving at (586) 469-6440. A drop box is available if the extension is not open. Sample examination costs $7.

For more information call (586) 469-6440 or visit