A Saginaw-area native has been offered the job of superintendent of Colon Community Schools.
Members of the Colon Community Schools Board of Education Monday selected Victor Bugni to succeed Lloyd Kirby, who retired last summer.
After a lengthy discussion and 6-1 vote, Bugni was chosen over Mesick Consolidated Schools Superintendent Mike Corey. Board member Wendell Grunner cast the dissenting vote, but has pledged to back Bugni now that the decision has been made, board president Ernie Baker said.
Bugni, 37, has served as curriculum and instruction supervisor for the Delta/Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in the Upper Peninsula since October 2011.
A graduate of Hemlock High School, Bugni previously served as a math and science teacher at Traverse City West High School for seven years after a three-year teaching stint at Arenac Eastern High School.
Interim Superintendent Jay Newman will represent the district in negotiating terms of Bugni’s employment. The base salary will range between $95,000 and $105,000.
Baker said he would like to have Bugni on board by June 1 and spend some time working with Newman. Bugni’s availability, however, isn’t known yet.
Jobseekers will have the opportunity later this week to meet employers at what is considered the largest job fair in St. Joseph County.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Glen Oaks Community College, 46 employers who have registered for the event will be on hand to meet prospective employees.
Val Juergens, director of communications and marketing for the Centreville-area school, said businesses participating in the job fair either have current openings or anticipate openings.
The positions may be full-time or part-time, and they could be permanent, temporary and/or seasonal, she noted.
The event is the result of a partnership between Michigan Works, the St. Joseph County Department of Human Services and Glen Oaks Community College.
Michigan is giving school districts more flexibility in making up for snow days this academic year. Districts that had scheduled more than the required 174 days of school can now hold just that number if they still meet the required 1,098 hours per school year. Schools that exceeded the six cancelled days allowed under state law may not need makeup days. Schools that need to add more days to the end of the school year can receive state funding as long as they have 60 percent of students in attendance on those days. That’s down from the regular 75 percent attendance requirement. Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation allowing for the changes after record snowfall and harsh temperatures this past winter. (AP)
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 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.
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.