By Morgan MacFarlane
A school store will open in the high school cafeteria this week in Schoolcraft. It is under the direction of Lori Pelton who teaches the business management and administration class as well as the business operations unit.
The store hours of operation will be 7:30 – 8:00 am, during both lunches, and after school from 3 -3:30 pm. It will also be open during school events such as concerts and athletic contests along with a cart that can be taken around to other buildings, said Pelton at the August school board meeting.
Pelton said students will take turns working different positions, including cashier, marketing manager, general manager, inventory control person, product researchers, purchasing agents, and other general business positions as part of their classroom work.
The store will carry items like PTO spirit wear and snacks, said Pelton and will accept credit cards. By using the Square, a device that reads credit and debit cards, it will be easier to keep track of transactions she assured the school board. The PTO will be assisting the store with start up funds.
“The Eagle Spirit Store will give our Business students a workbased learning experience. The goal is to have students learn what it takes to run a retail store. It will include pricing, marketing, inventory, product research, and accounting principles. We are excited to start this new adventure at SHS,” she explained.
The School Board also approved weighted grades for the high school starting with the class of 2015. Mikayla Grunwell, a Schoolcraft High School senior remarked that, “Weighted grades seem to have been a concern for a long time, I remember them being an issue when I was a freshman, I am glad to see the classes below mine will now have them. Weighted grades can make a huge difference in GPAs. Having weighted grades gives colleges a more accurate picture of a students’ academic career.”