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Maria Allard

C&G Staff Reporter – Warren Weekly, Grosse Pointe Times, Sterling Heights Sentry


Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly and Sterling Heights Sentry newspapers. She also covers the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University, and she is in love with the Rolling Stones.

Published April 13, 2011

Parents and children of the Macomb/St. Clair County Autism Society engaged in some friendly “lane” competition when they gathered for an evening of bowling April 4.

They also were preparing to enjoy an afternoon of activities at Oakland University’s OU Cares family fun day April 9, and a private movie viewing of the film “Rio” was in the works for April 16.

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Published April 12, 2011

Come this August, Center Line Public Schools voters will decided whether or not they will support a $45 million bond initiative that would provide dollars to renovate buildings throughout the district.

At a school board meeting April 11, the Board of Education voted 6-1 to place the bond proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot. If voters approve it, taxes would be used to fund renovation projects throughout the district.

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Published April 6, 2011

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TROY — Since October, Troy resident Taylor Kanas has been fighting negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma, an aggressive rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The Troy resident has bravely endured chemotherapy, an emergency biopsy, lost her hair, faced a relapse, and is in need of bone marrow transplant to save her life.

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Published April 4, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When Marsha Cassidy sat down with television icon Art Linkletter for an interview in 2001, he told her he loved quizzing kids on the air because “children tell the truth.”

The late Linkletter, of “Kids Say the Darndest Thing” fame, also shared his thoughts about “Art Linkletter’s House Party,” which was first broadcast on television in 1952.

“He told me ‘the world needed laughter; and he intended to spread it around,” Cassidy said.

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Published March 28, 2011

CENTER LINE — With only 89 kindergarten through eighth-grade students enrolled this year, St. Clement Catholic School will close its doors June 7, more than a century and a half after it was founded.

“The enrollment fell below 90 students. Parents were informed last week this school year is the their last,” Archdiocese of Detroit spokesperson Joe Kohn said last week. “It’s always a difficult decision when it comes to closing a Catholic school.”

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Published March 22, 2011

With only 89 kindergarten through eighth-grade students enrolled this year, St. Clement Catholic School will close its doors as a school June 7, more than a century and a half after it was founded.

“The enrollment fell below 90 students. Parents were informed last week this school year is the their last,” Archdiocese of Detroit spokesperson Joe Kohn said. “It’s always a difficult decision when it comes to closing a Catholic school.”

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Published March 18, 2011

Center Line High School teacher Jaime Bellos isn’t usually the type of person to sit around and complain.

But when faced with what he believes is the strong possibility of school districts losing their local control to the state under emergency manager reform legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law March 17, he couldn’t sit back and not do anything about it.

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Published March 2, 2011

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — Michigan’s public school officials say they are looking at a loss of $709 per student in state aid funding for the 2011-2012 school year should the House and the Senate pass Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget.

On Feb. 17, the newly elected governor presented his recommended budget, which calls for $470 less per student in per-pupil funding statewide.

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Published February 11, 2011

Team Center Line “Be The Change” has been the district’s motto for several months now, and changes could be in store for the district.

Much of that, Center Line Public Schools officials said, depends on the community, which is why school personnel are in the process of putting together a master plan to take the district into the next 10 years. And to seek community input, school officials have set up public forums this winter designed to bring a master plan to light.

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Published February 10, 2011

Several incumbents and challengers filed by the Feb. 8 deadline to run for Board of Education in the districts in which they reside.

Six Fitzgerald Public Schools candidates, including current Board President Thomas Owczarek and Trustee Hilary Kutella, filed with the Warren City Clerk’s Office. The incumbents will face challengers Lori Eseman-Dreyer, Debbie Frizzell, Kenneth Hemler and Matthew Meyerhoff for the two open four-year terms that begin July 1 of this year and expire June 30, 2015.

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Published February 3, 2011

Watching her students’ eyes light up when they understood a concept for the first time was probably the most rewarding part of teaching for Kathleen Spaulding.

“Being able to see them do something they weren’t able to do and watching that light go on is really exciting,” said Spaulding, who had been the Van Dyke Public Schools superintendent since 2005.

Another fun part was sharing a laugh with a student over a simple joke or receiving a warm hug from a kindergartener.

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Published October 13, 2010