Ann Bird has been appointed to head the Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education.
Bird will serve as board president, filling the void left by Tom Robertson. Robertson resigned last month after accepting a job as juvenile court director, a position Robertson said could create a conflict of interest.
With Bird sworn in as president, Ray Sterling was appointed vice president, Frank Kalasky secretary and Kerri Millett treasurer.
On a related note, Paul Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as a new board member.
Sturgis Public Schools officials this week decided to keep its transportation services in-house rather than contract bus-driving services.
During Monday’s board of education meeting, members acted on a recommendation of a committee to retain its own staff and employees. The measure was a relief to several bus drivers who attended the meeting, according to Superintendent Tom Langdon.
Committee members studied a bid from MV Transportation, whose figures were comparable to the $350,000 annual cost the district spends for its own bus-driving staff.
Board members agreed the district is well served by the current roster of drivers. The bid for services was sought at the request of the state.
Glen Oaks Community College is continuing public forums for its presidential candidates today and Thursday.
The second of three sessions takes place today, when Phil Gasparro will be involved in a question-answer forum 10 to 11 a.m., and again 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Gasparro is an administrator with Student Success Initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.
On Thursday, Douglas Brauer will be the candidate available for a question-answer session, also from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Brauer is vice president of economic development and innovative workforce solutions at Richland Community College in Decatur, Ill.
A session with candidate David Devier, who most recently served as an administrator at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, took place Monday.
Seven area high school girls were named to the all-state volleyball squad.
Members of the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association named Brooke Howard of Mendon to its Class C first-team. Her teammate, Alexis Russell, was named to the second team, while fellow Lady Hornet Jordan VanOss made the third team.
In Class B, first team honors went to Rachel Anderson of Sturgis, while Three Rivers’ Teagan Reeves was named to the second team. Kelsey Metzger of Sturgis was named to the third team and Hannah Landis was an honorable mention recipient.
Three Rivers Community Schools Superintendent Roger Rathburn has announced he plans to run for state representative next year.
The 51-year-old Rathburn, who is retiring in June following a 13-year tenure as superintendent in Three Rivers, will seek the 59th District State House seat currently held by Matt Lori. Lori, who will begin his sixth and final year as state rep in January, is term-limited and unable to run again.
Rathburn said he planned to retire to seek other opportunities, preferably in the arena of education. But after being approached by a number of county residents, Rathburn said his interest in the state representative’s position grew in its appeal.
To date, John Bippus is the only other candidate to declare his plans to run for the seat.
The 59th District covers St. Joseph County and all but a small pocket of Cass County.
The Christmas season officially kicked off Friday in Three Rivers, as a crowd gathered for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.
Staged in the downtown mural mall, the ceremony included music from the Three Rivers High School Aristocrats. It also marked the first of a three-day celebration in downtown Three Rivers, where the Riviera Theatre hosted events Saturday and Sunday.
Cookie decorating at World Fare and pet photos with the Grinch at Downtown Dog also took place Saturday.