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Winter beauty

Photo courtesy of Marlene Polishak
This photo could be a postcard! It was taken in the Hale area in late January.

School Notes

By Mark McKulsky, Hale Area Schools
At our January Michigan Association of School Boards board of directors meeting, we had a presentation on closing the Educator Shortage Gap in Michigan by Karen McPhee.
McPhee, Governor Snyder’s senior policy advisor on education in 2015-2016, was the facilitator of the 2017 educator shortage workgroup that looked at causes of the shortage as well as possible solutions.

Final PFAS deer testing report

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released the final report detailing the findings from the polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) deer testing in Michigan. The recommendations issued in October 2018 based on the initial data review remain the same, with only one Do Not Eat advisory in place for deer taken within approximately five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township.
As part of the state’s effort to identify and address PFAS issues in Michigan, MDHHS and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) took samples from 128 deer across Michigan to test for PFAS. Only one of those deer came back with elevated levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) in muscle tissue. That deer was taken near Clark’s Marsh, which resulted in the Do Not Eat deer advisory.