Sturgis student charged with arson

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A 15-year-old student has been charged with arson following an incident last week at Sturgis High School.

According to Sturgis police, a paper-towel dispenser was intentionally set on fire in a bathroom shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. Fire crews arrived to find a moderate amount of smoke but no fire.

With the aid of school-security video, district officials and law-enforcement personnel were able to determine the suspected culprit. He was detained for arson and lodged by juvenile court.

Students were kept in their classrooms and fans were brought into the school to help remove the smoke.

Colon Schools have two candidates

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Colon Community Schools officials have whittled their list of top administrative candidates from three to two.

Victor Bungi and Mike Corey made the final cut following a day-long session of meetings Tuesday with committees and the district’s board of education. Candidate Drew Bordner was eliminated Tuesday.

Bungi, of Gladstone, is curriculum and instruction supervisor for the Delta/Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in the Upper Peninsula.

Corey, of Mesick, is superintendent of Mesick Public Schools.

Board president Ernie Baker said a site visit between now and the board’s April 21 regularly scheduled meeting will be the next course of action. He said Bungi previously held an administrative position at a Traverse City-area district. Rather than venture to the Upper Peninsula, district officials who make the site visit will instead find out more about Bungi from his former employer in Traverse City.

They plan to spend a day in Mesick on the way up to gain more feedback about Corey.

Either way, Baker said he is confident a decision will be made April 21.

Logan to be superintendent

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Roger Rathburn’s likely replacement as superintendent of Three Rivers Community Schools is a familiar face to the district.

Jean Logan, who has served as Three Rivers High School principal since the 2010-11 academic year, was offered the district’s top post Monday.

Logan, 48, was one of two finalists. She and Gary Wood, superintendent of Mio-Au Sable Schools, were chosen as finalists from a field of six candidates who interviewed for the position last week.

Logan, whose salary as principal is $93,000 annually, is working with district officials regarding terms of her contract, including salary.

Logan spent 13 years with Constantine Public Schools before replacing Dan Ryan as Three Rivers High School principal.

To replace Logan, the district is working on posting its opening for a high school principal.

Three finalists for Colon

April 1, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A trio of finalists for the superintendent’s job at Colon Community Schools will be interviewed this evening.

Victor Bungi, Drew Bordner and Mike Corey were selected last week from a field of seven prospects to undergo second interviews and site visits. The first of the three interviews will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Colon High School’s media center.

Site visits to the communities of each of the three finalists have been discussed but dates have not yet been set.

Bungi, of Gladstone, is curriculum and instruction supervisor for the Delta/Scholcraft Intermediate School District in the Upper Peninsula.

Bordner, a Richland resident, is director of curriculum and instruction for Gull Lake Community Schools.

Corey, of Mesick, is superintendent of Mesick Public Schools.

The new superintendent, whose base salary will range between $95,000 and $105,000, is expected to be hired by the end of April.

Stewart named to All-State

March 26, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sturgis High School’s Chance Stewart was named a member of the Class B All-State basketball team by the Michigan Associated Press.

Stewart, who has signed a letter of intent to play football for Western Michigan University in the fall, was a Class B honorable-mention basketball recipient a year ago.

Stewart is second in career scoring leaders for the Trojans and set a single-game scoring record for Sturgis this past season, when he scored 43 points against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix during post-season play earlier this month.

The Associated Press Class B basketball All-State team, as selected by a panel of 11 Michigan sports writers, included Corky Emrick of the Sturgis Journal.

Hurst accepted to Air Force Academy

March 26, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Congressman Fred Upton has announced that Schoolcraft resident Thomas Hurst has been accepted to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Upton recommended Hurst for selection to the service academy and has personally congratulated him on the appointment.

Hurst is the son of Edward and JoAnn Hurst. Hurst’s older sister, Chloe, is also attending the Air Force Academy. She was accepted following a nomination from Upton.

Upton nominates students to military service academies from Michigan’s Sixth District who have excelled in school and are interviewed by members of his Academy Advisory Board, which is made up of community leaders. The individual academies make the final decision on military appointments.

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