News from Thrun Law

November 29, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Katherine Wolf Broaddus and Meg Hackett will take leadership positions with the Michigan Council of School Attorneys (“MCSA”) for the upcoming term. Ms. Broaddus has served on the MCSA Board of Directors since 2010 and was recently elected to the position of President...

November 28, 2013

The importance of obtaining “qualified” status each year from the Michigan Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) cannot be overemphasized. School districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies that do not obtain qualified status may experience significant delays in issuing bonds and notes during calendar year 2014, which may be especially problematic for cash flow borrowings such as state aid notes (“SANs”) and tax anticipation notes (“TANs”).

The Revised...

November 27, 2013

    Recently, Thrun Law Firm alerted our clients to proposed rule changes by the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) to the Universal Services Fund program ( “E-Rate”). Among other recommended changes, the proposed rules include: (1) expanding high speed fiber-based broadband internet access; (2) encouraging the use of...

November 2, 2013

    We are pleased to announce that Robert J. Robinson and Jessica A. Walker have joined Thrun Law Firm.

Robert J. Robinson has joined Thrun Law Firm in its Municipal/Public Sector Law Practice Group. Mr. Robinson will be based out of our firm’s East Lansing office.

Mr. Robinson joins us after having his own municipal...

November 1, 2013

Must a student be expelled for assaulting a staff member? When is an expelled student eligible for reinstatement? What special rules apply to students with disabilities? How much “process” is due a student before a suspension or expulsion?

Before disciplining a student, school officials must understand the interplay between constitutional due process requirements; federal law, including the Gun-Free Schools Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Section 504 of the...

October 31, 2013
  1.  School Business Official waiting for state aid increase from Legislature.
  2. Chris Harty – Marketing and Operations Manager – Survival Man/Turtle Man
  3. Gordon VanWieren – President – Dead Pirate Captain
  4. Chad Duschinsky – Messenger – Jolly Green Giant
  5. Silvia Maysonet – Receptionist – Witch (on a stick)
  6. Katrina Hankamp – Legal Assistant – MFA State Aid Note
  7. Carrie Watts – Legal Assistant – Masquerade Ball Girl
  8. Tim Gardner –...
October 16, 2013

As previously reported in the August 2013 edition of School Law Notes, Team Thrun has fielded three marathon relay teams and one solo marathon runner to participate in the Detroit Free Press Marathon events for the fourth year in a row. This year’s Detroit Free Press Marathon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 20. If you plan to attend the events, please look for us in our neon green Team Thrun shirts at the finish line area. We hope to see you there!

September 30, 2013

    In 2005, the Michigan Legislature amended the Revised School Code by adding Section 1230d. Section 1230d mandates that applicants, employees, and those contracted to work “regularly and continuously” in a public or private school must report to the school district on a form provided by the Michigan Department of Education if charged with a crime...

September 25, 2013

The Michigan Department of Education recently announced the new threshold amount at which local school districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies must competitively bid (1) labor and materials for construction projects under Revised School Code Section 1267; and (2) the purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment under Revised School Code Section 623a (intermediate school districts) and Section 1274 (local school districts and public school academies). For...