The former alderman and School Board member was among those honored by the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department last week.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- David Cotey
Thursday, February 28
Throughout his career as an elected official, both during his five terms as an alderperson for the City of Greenfield and his 29 years on the Greenfield School Board, Donald Almquist was a strong supporter of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. And you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has flipped more pancakes for the department’s various programs. “Since we’ve started breakfast with Santa Claus and breakfast with the Easter bunny, Don’s been the one behind the scene flipping pancakes,” Parks and Recreation Director Scott Jaquish said. “He’s probably flipped over 12,000 pancakes for us.” Almquist’s griddle skills were just part of the reason why he was named he was inducted as the 25th member of the department’s hall of fame …
Despite a request from former board members, the public voted to keep the Greenfield School Board's pay the same for 2011-2012.
At least two former Greenfield School Board members asked that the pay of current members be reduced now that the board meets just once a month. According to a story by Greenfield NOW, both Robert Huele and Donald Almquist spoke at the Greenfield School District's Annual Meeting on Monday, and asked for a reduction in pay from the current rate of $4,200. The board used to meet twice a month when Huele and Almquist were members, but now meets once a month at the request of the administration, according to the story. Residents voted, 49-4, to keep the pay at $4,200, the same it has been since 1997. For the full Greenfield NOW story, click here. For more from Greenfield Patch on the annual meeting and budget hearing, click here.