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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.

Adopting a new calendar for school

March 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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 found

March 20, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

Candidates trimmed to three

March 19, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

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