Howard named to all-state basketball team

March 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Brooke Howard, a Mendon High School senior, has been named to the Associated Press Class C all-state basketball team.

Mendon’s all-time leading scorer in girls’ basketball, the 5-foot-11 Howard received honorable mention as a sophomore and was a first-team all-state honoree her junior year.

Howard, who was named the Sturgis Journal’s Female Prep Athlete of the Year in 2013, was also a member of the AP’s Class C all-state volleyball team last fall.

She plans to attend Grand Valley State University in the fall.

Special meeting for Constantine Schools

March 13, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Frisbie said a special meeting will take place Wednesday next week to discuss school safety, middle school building updates and the concept of year-round school.

Frisbie said he and school board members have received input on the subject of year-round school from parents and he would like to use next week’s session to further discuss the proposal.

Frisbie said the idea of year-round schooling has been discussed casually among the county’s superintendents, as a number of schools in the state are, too, since Gov. Snyder said there could be money attached to year-round schedules, Frisbie said.

He said 58 percent of Michigan’s high school graduates go on to attend college or a technical school. At 34 percent, St. Joseph County is in need of proposals to boost the number of graduates who continue their education, Frisbie said.

Lady Hornets season ends

March 12, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Mendon lady Hornets saw their season end in the state Class C quarterfinals Tuesday night at Watervliet High School.

In a rematch of a non-conference game earlier in the season, Mendon fell to Gobles, 49-40. Gobles won on its home floor last month by a 4-point margin over the Lady Hornets.

The setback leaves the Lady Hornets with a 20-3 final record. The Tigers, meanwhile, remain perfect at 25-0 and will play at the Breslin Center in East Lansing Thursday in the Class C semifinal.

Nominations for award

March 12, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Glen Oaks Community College is seeking nominations for the E. J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence award for 2014.

Current and former students, staff and community members are invited to nominate a full- time faculty member at Glen Oaks Community College for the award, presented annually to an outstanding faculty member. The recipient is announced in May.

Nominees should exemplify high professional standards, excellence in teaching and whose position as a faculty member reflects upon the value of education to his or her students and the quality of education. The appointment includes a monetary award.

Nomination forms are available at the Glen Oaks information desk and online at www. The deadline for nominations is 4 p. m. March 28.

Hiring a new superintendent

March 10, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

Winners of Dancing with the St. Joe County Stars

March 10, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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.

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