The Bentley Barker

News about the Bentley Community Schools, November 2018

The Supe's Scoop

Happy Thanksgiving Bentley Families!

We are one quarter of the way into the school year and already there is much to be thankful for:

  • The production of the play Almost, Maine
  • Our marching band that has grown by 33% since 2016
  • The beautification of Barhitte Elementary and back-to-school celebration provided by Solid Rock Community Church
  • The school supplies and Teen Quest program provided by United Way
  • The athletes of Bentley that have represented us in: Varsity, JV & MS football; Girls MS Basketball; Girls Varsity and JV Volleyball; HS & MS Sideline Cheer; Boys & Girls Cross Country; and Powder Puff Football. Special kudos to Girls MS Basketball who showed great improvement and had a particularly good year!
  • The distribution of more than 20,000 pounds of food with the help of Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Atherton Community Schools, Bendle Public Schools, Burton Kiwanis, Our Risen Lord Lutheran Church, and the Prayer Shack
  • At Barhitte Elementary, the addition of Deputy Messer and Mr. Rogers as well as training in Restorative Practices thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Justice
  • Our Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops who donated more than $850 to the Bentley Food Pantry with their annual penny drive
  • The new Barhitte schools-of-choice bus stop by the football field, which greatly decreased daily traffic issues.
  • The HS National Honor Society, MS Blueberry Ambassadors, and district-wide Student Councils--all working to make Bentley a better, kinder community
  • The Burton Kiwanis who have donated time and money to repair basketball courts, distribute food, and purchase band equipment
  • The MS Robo-Raptors FIRST Lego League came in 4th place in the fall competition
  • The addition of Advanced Placement Environmental Science at the high school
  • The focus at BHS of being more than just a test score--our kids are athletes, artists, scientists, volunteers, and so much more.
  • Providing free breakfasts and lunches for every student in Bentley every day. Additionally with the benefit of a grant, Barhitte students are also receiving a daily nutritional snack.
  • The 102 teachers, parapros, secretaries, administrators, food servers, bus drivers, maintenance, custodial, and tech support employees and 31 coaches . . . ALL of whom serve our Bentley youth!

I am especially thankful and proud to be the superintendent of Bentley Community Schools. Although this is my first year in Bentley, it is my 24th year in public education--my first 23 years were in one district as a teacher, a union president, a principal, and an executive director of K-12 education. I am thankful for the power and hopefulness in the word 'yet' . . . when people can't do something, they just can't do it yet. As we begin this second quarter of the year, may we all look forward to our many tomorrows and the possibilities they hold!

Appreciation of Service: Board of Education

In December, Bentley will say goodbye to two dedicated board members: Mrs. Elaine Beckelic and Mr. Tim McComb. Mrs. Beckelic has served on the board for eight years, the last two as Board president. Mr. Tim McComb has served on the board for four years as Trustee. Many thanks to them both for their service to the Bentley Community Schools.

We welcome Mrs. Amanda Mobley and Mr. John Woodruff, both parents of Bentley students and both seeking to do what is best for our students. They join Ms. Toby Bauldry (elected 2004), Mrs. Renee Gatica (elected 2007), Mrs. Angie Jackson (elected 2014), Mrs. Katrina Bailey (elected 2016), and Mr. Ty Burt (elected 2016).

The Board of Education is an important part of our school district. As outlined in policy 0123, a Board of Education is a legal entity for providing a system of public education within a geographic area of the State of Michigan. The system was created by, and is governed by, State statutes. Members of a Board are chosen by citizens to represent them and the State in the governance of the local schools.

The Board has the dual responsibility for implementing statutory requirements pertaining to public education and for meeting the desires of residents. While the Board has an obligation to determine and assess citizen desires, it is understood that when the voters elect delegates to represent them in the conduct of specified educational programs, they, at the same time, are endowed with the authority to exercise their best judgment in determining policies, making decisions, and approving procedures for carrying out the responsibility.

The Bentley Community Schools community is fortunate to have such dedicated people serve as members of the Board of Education.

Maintenance and Custodial Department

Our maintenance and custodial staff work hard all year round and it shows. Mr. Dale Bednarski joined Bentley Community Schools one years ago and oversees this department. He is particularly proud of the teamwork between the custodial and maintenance staff and what they have done to make the campuses better each and every day. They have recycled materials and sought inexpensive solutions to replace broken desks, mend boilers, spruce up the ball fields, support community events like the Parks and Rec Trick or Treat event, and more. Like Mr. Bednarski says, it's gratifying to know that "no matter how big or small the jobs are, it's for the kids!"

About us

Bentley Community School District is a public school district in the City of Burton in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and in the Genesee Intermediate School District. The City of Burton borders the east side of Flint, providing access to three universities, the Flint Institute of Art, the Flint Institute of Music, the Longway Planetarium, and the Flint Repertory Theater. Bentley Community Schools covers approximately 9 square miles and serves 850 students. The Bentley Bulldogs are proud of their small town, close knit community and are mission-driven to provide learning for all~whatever it takes!