A decision by Constantine Public Schools to adopt a so-called balanced calendar would be made only after an exhaustive review and considerable public input.
For now, Superintendent Chuck Frisbie told a crowd of about two dozen people Wednesday, the concept is still just a proposal and remains in the discussion stage. If the measure is endorsed, it would begin no sooner than the 2015-16 academic year.
Constantine High School principal Christine Barnes provided information regarding studies that have focused on academic achievement in balanced-calendar school districts versus traditional September-to-June systems. A noteworthy component focused on what she called “summer slide,” the four to seven weeks at the onset of a new school year it takes many students to return to their knowledge level prior to summer vacation.
Frisbie said under a balanced calendar, school is in session 170 days, the same number of days under either schedule. Next year, the state is requiring 175 days and potentially 180 after that.
Barnes provided a balanced calendar showing school starting in mid-August and ending the third week of June. Two-week breaks are in place at the end of October, the end of December, and late March into early April. In addition, there would be no school the week of Thanksgiving and the calendar also shows a five-day weekend around Memorial Day.
District officials passed out a survey to audience members and the same survey is on the district’s website.
Seven candidates from a pool of 26 applicants to replace Roger Rathburn as superintendent of Three Rivers Community Schools have been identified.
Interviews with the seven will take place over the course of three nights next week. The candidates interviewing Monday are: Tim Staffen, CTE Principal, Calhoun County ISD; John Stryker, superintendent of New Lothrop Area Public Schools; and Mike Corey, superintendent of Mesick Consolidated Schools.
Corey is also one of three finalists for the superintendent’s job at Colon Community Schools.
Appearing Wednesday for interviews are Karen Sherwood, superintendent of Boyne Falls Public Schools, and Jean Logan, Three Rivers High School principal.
The process will conclude Thursday with Gary Wood, superintendent of Mio-AuSable Schools, and Jeff Haase, superintendent, of Hesperia Community Schools.
All interviews are open to the public.
Rathburn announced last year he planned to retire in June and more recently declared his candidacy for the 59th State House seat.
The list of candidates for superintendent of Colon Community Schools has been trimmed to three, following action by the district’s board of education Monday.
Board president Ernie Baker said the finalists are: Victor Bungi of Gladstone, curriculum and instruction supervisor for the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in the Upper Peninsula; Drew Bordner, Richland, director of curriculum and instruction for Gull Lake Community Schools; and Mesick resident Mike Corey, superintendent of Mesick Public Schools.
They were chosen from a field of seven candidates interviewed last week.
Baker said second interviews with each of the three will occur next week, and site visits to the candidates’ districts will follow in early April.
The posted salary as head of the 630-student district is between $95,000 and $105,000.
Baker said he expects to have a new superintendent in place by the end of April.
The position became available after longtime district employee Lloyd Kirby retired in August.
A pair of seniors from the Three Rivers Lady Cats basketball team received special honors from the Michigan Associated Press.
Teagan Reeves and Linsey Masnari were recognized, as Reeves was named to the Class B all-state basketball team, while Masnari made the honorable-mention list.
Reeves, who will attend Western Michigan University in the fall and play volleyball and basketball, scored more than 550 points this season. She placed third in Michigan’s Miss Basketball.
Masnari, a three-year starter, scored 352 points in 24 games this season.
Mendon volleyball coach Kathy Trenary is a finalist for national coach of the year.
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has named Trenary as one of eight candidates for the position. The winner will be announced during the association’s annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in June. Trenary said she plans to attend the four-day conference.
Trenary said nominations of such high prestige aren’t possible without players who are willing to work hard or have a strong character developed by a foundation started by their parents.
A field of three superintendent finalists for Colon Community Schools will be identified next week.
Four candidates – Victor Bungi, Mike Campbell, Robert Jansen and Drew Bordner – were interviewed Monday. The process continued Tuesday when Eric Kistler, Mike Corey and Pam Duffy were interviewed.
Board of Education President Ernie Baker said the next step will be taken Monday, when board members plan to trim the list to a trio of finalists. The district would like to have its new superintendent on board by the end of April.
The position has been filled on an interim basis by Jay Newman since Lloyd Kirby retired last August after a 20-year tenure with the district.
Baker said he hopes the community gets more involved when the three finalists are interviewed and questions from the public will be encouraged.
Monday’s board meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Colon High School’s media center.