IC Elementary to provide services for students

 

IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Community Schools (ICS) Board of Education welcomed a new member of the Spartan family to the district during their regular meeting on Monday evening.

The Board approved the hire of Chelsea Arlington, who will serve as the district’s new Elementary Mental Health Specialist. The position has been vacant since January.

Chelsea Arlington

Arlington has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in the same field from the University of Michigan.

According to Dr. Dina Tallis, ICS Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Arlington is the perfect fit for the role.

“Her professionalism, depth of knowledge and initiative have truly impressed us all,” said Tallis.

Arlington brings with her to Imlay City a wealth of experience, working most recently as a therapist for children’s programs with the Livingston Community Mental Health Center.

“I’m so excited, grateful and honored to be offered this opportunity,” said Arlington during Monday evening’s meeting. “It’s a new adventure, and I feel like I’ll be a great fit.”

As Elementary Mental Health Specialist, Arlington will help young students learn to deal with “big emotions,” said Tallis.

“She shared some really exciting ideas with the team about pushing into classrooms, and best practices for helping students as early as kindergarten—and even social media safe use for our upper elementary students.”

Members of the ICS Board voted unanimously to extend Arlington an official employment contract.

In other ICS Board of Education action: Tallis shared during her report that the district was recently named a recipient of a Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Professional Development, Curriculum, and Supports grant that awarded Imlay City Community Schools $245,075.

The funds will allow for the district to provide comprehensive training to teachers and administrators in literacy best practices.

“It’s all rooted in the science of reading, and it will be extensive training,” said Tallis.

The MDE grant joins a number of grants issued to the district from both local and state sources this school year related to curriculum and student enrichment.

The Board approved overnight summer trips for both the boys’ and the girls’ basketball teams.

The Board voted 5-1, with Trustee Alex Lengemann the sole dissenting vote, to approve a modification to the remainder of this school year’s district calendar.

Because of contractual obligations to staff coupled with the lack of inclement weather cancellations throughout the course of the recently ended winter season, the remainder of the school year was shortened by five full days to reflect required instructional hours.

The new last day of school for Imlay City Community Schools students is now Wednesday, May. 29. The day will be a full day for students and staff.

In their final action of the evening, the Board considered the renewal of the long-standing Imlay City/Dryden Schools Transportation Agreement.

The Board voted 5-1, with Lengemann issuing the nay vote, to sign a two-year contract extension to maintain the arrangement.

For more than a decade, ICS has provided transportation services to Dryden students, operating Dryden’s three runs a day alongside ICS’s 18.