PROGRAM:
Program Host Greg Gray, PhD, and Brighton Area Schools Superintendent, conducted a tour and field trip of the new Brighton High School (BHS) athletic facilities. 
 
Brighton Rotary Spotlight
Cathy Riesterer, President
April 26, 2016, Vol. 78, No. 17
 
GUESTS:       Michael Griffith, wk4; Chris Spensley, wk3, Larry Pfeil,wk2; Dorothy Dunneback, Jerry’s wife; Joe Regnier, Maribeth’s husband; John Soave, Artist; Sara Walker, Beth’s daughter
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Bill Anderson invited members to join him in distributing ice-cream sandwiches and dog treats to walkers at the March of Dimes “Walk for Babies” on Sunday, May 1st from 8:30am until about 12 noon.  Meet at the Kensington Metropark West Boat Launch to join the fun!
 
Club Photo Opportunity!  Next Tuesday, May 3rd, after our regular meeting, we will gather under the I-96 billboard that is advertising the Dash or Crash run for a group photo taken by George Moses’s drone.  Driving instructions will be distributed and carpooling will be arranged at next Tuesday’s Rotary meeting.
 
The Livingston Sunrise Rotary will be hosting a Spring Mixer for all district Rotarians at Downtown Main from 5-7pm on Tuesday, May 3rd.
 
Upcoming Events:
05/01/16          8:30am-12pm  March of Dimes March for Babies
05/03/16          1:45pm            Group Photo at I-96 Dash or Crash billboard
05/10/16          12:15pm          BHS Jazz Band at Rotary meeting
05/13-16/16                             Rotary District Conference, Chatham, Ontario
06/11-12/16     8am-4pm         Raiders Dash or Crash PreBuild
06/24/16          8am-4pm         Raiders Dash or Crash Course Configuration
06/25/16                                  Second Annual Mt. Brighton Dash or Crash
12/13/16                                  Rotary Holiday Party
 
PROGRAM:
Program Host Greg Gray, PhD, and Brighton Area Schools Superintendent, conducted a tour and field trip of the new Brighton High School (BHS) athletic facilities.  The district sept $9.5 million for the work we saw, that was all completed on time, under budget, and within a 70-day window of construction.  The 30-year $88 million bond financed by the district will be paid in 15 years, saving almost $39 million in interest and yielded almost $100 million worth of improvements.  The new pool took 12 months to construct and is 50,000 sq ft in size (the same footprint as many elementary schools in the district)..The pool has 12 lap lanes, holds 480,000 gallons of water (the old pool held 250,000) and is heavily used by both the schools and the community.  The former pool was converted to a fitness center that is used by 300-400 students each day for training.  Barwis Fitness Training operates the facility for BAS.  Beginning on 5/2/16, the facility will be open to BAS district residents free of charge from 7-9:30pm.  As the tour continued to the cafeteria, Rotarians were greeted with a host of lunch options including the Fresco Grill, 7th Street Deli, La Pizzaria, Café 78, and Chopstix.  Overall, Greg said that the BAS district is in great financial shape, moving out of a deficit situation in 2015 and expects to have $3 million in fund equity by next year.  Enrollment approximates 5,800 to 6,000 in district students, and another 1500 FTE from out-of-district.  Enrollment is expected to remain stable over the next 10-15 years.  BHS was recently ranked 21st in the state of Michigan and in the top 3 percent in the nation:  all Michigan schools ranked higher are either privately funded or have a higher state funding level (up to $12,000 per student) than BAS’s level of $7,500 per student.  In addition, The Bridge alternative high school won the top state-wide award for alternative high schools.
 
50/50 Drawing: No drawing was held today due to the logistics of the off-site tour.