The process of hiring a new superintendent continues tonight for Colon Community Schools.
Four of the seven candidates chosen for first interviews will be on the clock this evening. The remaining three will be interviewed Tuesday.
Set to take place at Colon High School, the interviews start with Gladstone resident Victor Bungi at 6:30. Mattawan’s Mike Campbell is slated for 7:30. Robert Jansen, an elementary school principal from Bloomfield Hills, will interview at 8:30, and the evening’s interviews conclude at 9:30, with Richland’s Drew Bordner.
Board member Deb Bordner, Drew’s mother, has announced she will recuse herself from the 9:30 interview.
Tuesday’s session begins with Eric Kistler, an Osceola, Ind., middle school principal, at 6:30. The 7:30 interview will feature Mike Corey, a superintendent from Mesick, while the final candidate is K-8 principal Pam Duffy, from Grand Rapids. She will take her turn at 8:30.
Board of Education president Ernie Baker said as a quorum of board members will be established, the interviews will be considered a public meeting. Baker, however, said interim Superintendent Jay Newman has indicated public participation in the form of questions to candidates would be more applicable when a trio of finalists is interviewed later this month.
Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus and his wife, Cheryl, were crowned the winners of the inaugural Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event Friday.
Staged at Glen Oaks Community College’s Nora Hagen Theater, the fundraiser featured six teams. The couples and their respective coaches volunteered their time as part of the fundraiser to benefit the St. Joseph County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Second place went to Matthew and Jessica Mosher of Three Rivers, while Geoff and Stephanie Smith of Sturgis placed third. People’s Choice was bestowed to Constantine-area residents Mark and Marti Brown.
Event organizers said they were pleased with the turnout of more than 200 spectators and sponsors, who combined to help raise more than $4,500 for the Centreville-based agency.
The Mendon School Foundation said 35 of the 38 requests submitted for the 2013 program were filled.
Bonnie Outman, treasurer of the 10-member foundation board, said the community and its donors deserve thanks and recognition for supporting more than 90 percent of the requests.
Funded requests included a variety of gymnasium equipment, field trips, teacher workshops, technology-related items, books and a variety of classroom-needed tools and items.
Through its 26-year history, the Mendon School Foundation has had strong support from donors who include the Mendon Women’s Club, TH Plastics, Monsanto, Parkville Prairie Farms and Mendon Auto Supply.
Outman said several of the mini-grant requests are filled via “in memory of” or “in honor of” bequeaths.
Requests by district staff members for the 2014 campaign will be collected in October.
Glen Oaks Community College has announced details of Expo ’14, an inaugural event where the community is invited to visit the campus, meet and talk with faculty members, and experience the college through hands-on activities.
The free, three-hour event starts at 10 a.m. March 8.
Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions, said officials with the Centreville-area school hope to raise an awareness of the programs, services and opportunities that it provides.
Guided tours of campus will take place every half hour. Students will be performing demonstrations in many of the labs—these include Automotive, Welding, Electrical Technologies and the Science labs.
In addition, support staff will be on hand to answer questions about associate and certificate degree programs, admissions, registration, financial aid, dual enrollment and student-support services.
Guests will also be able to explore career options through the Focus 2 Online Career and Educational Planning system.
Two Sturgis High School students recently won Gold Key awards in the regional Scholastic Art Contest at South Bend Regional Museum of Art.
Peyton Boughton won in the mixed media category with a pencil and ink wash drawing. Brianna Lindsey won in the jewelry category with a ring. Because the girls’ pieces were judged Gold Key winners, the pieces will go on to New York City for national competition.
High school art teacher Sally Baldwin said the competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious national high school art shows.
The South Bend show runs through March 1 at The Warner Gallery at the South Bend Museum of Art.
By a two-to-one margin, Mendon Community Schools voters approved a 1-mill increase request Tuesday. Unofficial results from the county clerk’s office show a tally of 314 in favor of the $9.3 million request versus 160 voters opposed. Board of education president Roger Cupp, Superintendent Rob Kuhlman and Mendon Pride Committee chairman Jim Fassett were unanimous in saying the district’s voters sent a clear message that they continue their support of the 636-student district. The district plans to target improvement in the areas of security, transportation, building needs and technology. Cupp said the highest priority will be fixing the plumbing and water-line infrastructure at Mendon Elementary this summer. The mill increase also will fund demolition of the Mendon Heritage School House. Cupp said the task will take place either this summer or in 2015. Kuhlman said the funds will be used in three phases over an eight-year period: $4.2 million in 2014, $3.3 million in 2018 and nearly $1.9 million in 2022.