And winter’s back

Mother Nature decided we are not done with winter. Dropping 6.5″ of snow overnight into the morning hours. It certainly provides for beautiful scenery. I think we are all ready for Spring.

St. Johns Board selects finalists in search for Superintendent

The St. Johns School Board has narrowed the field in their search for a new Superintendent. Alpena Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, Justin Gluesing, and St. Johns High School Principal, Mark Palmer, have been selected as the two finalists.
Second round interviews are scheduled to take place at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, March 14 and Monday, March 19 in the board room of the Wilson Center, 101 W. Cass Street, St. Johns, MI. Search Consultant Gary Rider said, “The public is strongly encouraged to attend. Feedback from the audience has already been very valuable to the Board in the selection process.” Rider is the Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute. He was selected by the St. Johns Board to facilitate the search effort.
Mark Palmer will interview on Wednesday, March 14. Mr. Palmer has served as High School Principal for the St. Johns Public Schools for the past eighteen years. Prior to this work he was the High School Assistant Principal for the Lake Orion Schools for three years. Mr. Palmer has a Masters degree in K-12 Administration from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Central Michigan University.

Justin Gluesing will interview Monday, March 19. Mr. Gluesing has served as the Associate Superintendent for Alpena Public Schools for the past year. Prior to this work, he served as the Director of Human Relations for three years, and Principal of the ACES Academy for two years: both for Alpena. Mr. Gluesing has a Education Specialist degree from Oakland University, a Master’s degree in Education from Marian University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Norther Michigan University.

Community open houses will be held on the same days the candidates are to be interviewed. They will each take place from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in the Board room of the Wilson Center. The public, parents and staff are encouraged to attend.

Kindergarten Registration 2018 – 2019 – March 14

This year St. Johns Public Schools will be holding an open house style registration process at the Wilson Center in the gymnasium on March 14, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Children who will be 5 years old on or by September 1, 2018 are eligible to attend school in the fall.

All kindergarten families are asked to attend. Principals and kindergarten teachers will be on hand to meet and greet the kindergarten families. Open houses within each building will be held before the first day of school.

New this year will be a Young 5’s Program. Students turning 5 after September 2, 2018 up until December 1, 2018 will have an opportunity to attend this program this fall. For more information go to: Young 5 Kindergarten

Lifeguard certification and re-certification courses scheduled

The City of St. Johns Recreation Department is sponsoring a Lifeguard Training Course. The course will take place on April 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19th from 4-8 pm at the St. Johns High School Pool.

Prerequisites for the class:
– Minimum age: 15 years;
– Swim 300 yards continuously;
– Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs;
– Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, exit the water without using steps or a ladder.

The class will also include some online study in addition to the class sessions. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. Certificates are valid for 2 years.

Anyone interested in more information or registering can contact the recreation department at 224-8944 x 227. Payment is not required when registering but will be required prior to the start of class on April 9th. Cost for the class is $200. Course is taught by Becky Kay.

Lifeguard Re-certification Course

The City of St. Johns Recreation Department is sponsoring a lifeguard re-certification course. The course will take place on March 12, 13, 15 from 4-8 pm at the St. Johns High School Pool. This class is for anyone that needs re-certification of an expiring lifeguard certification. Cost for the class is $75.00. Lifeguarding re-certification classes are designed to help you update your skills while also extending your certification for another two years. The Red Cross also offers review courses, for those whose certification is still valid or within 30 days of expiring while allowing you to continue to work without a lapse in verification. Course is taught by Becky Kay.

SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training – March 20

As we look out at the fresh snow, we might think…TORNADOES! Yes, it’s that time of year to start thinking about severe weather. It’ll be here sooner than you think.

SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Tuesday March 20, 2018
St Johns High School Auditorium
7:00 to 9:00pm

Learn the basics of how to recognize and properly report severe weather and how to prepare for storms in our area. You will learn how to identify, plan for, and properly report severe weather – a skill everyone needs.
Facilitator: Meteorologist Rob Dale
There is no cost to participants for this training and no registration is required. Just show up!

Cruise In at the Chamber Springtime Community Festival

On Saturday, May 12 the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Springtime Community Festival. A new change this year is that the Touch a Truck will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon, and then from Noon to 3 p.m. they are adding a Car Cruise In.

Cruise In registration is $5 per car. The first 50 pre-registrants receive a Dash Plaque and Goody Bag. If you register by Friday, April 20, you will also be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Chamber Buck Gift Certificate.

In addition to the Touch a Truck and Cruise In there will be a Craft Show and Business Booths inside the building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then from Noon to 3 p.m. there will be Kids Crafts inside. There are still openings for booth spaces, which are $35 or $40 each. Applications are available online at under the Springtime Community Festival.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the 16th Annual Springtime Community Festival, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 989-224-7248 or you can email them at if that is more convenient.