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Grants fulfilled

February 28, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Mendon School Foundation said 35 of the 38 requests submitted for the 2013 program were filled.

Bonnie Outman, treasurer of the 10-member foundation board, said the community and its donors deserve thanks and recognition for supporting more than 90 percent of the requests.

Funded requests included a variety of gymnasium equipment, field trips, teacher workshops, technology-related items, books and a variety of classroom-needed tools and items.

Through its 26-year history, the Mendon School Foundation has had strong support from donors who include the Mendon Women’s Club, TH Plastics, Monsanto, Parkville Prairie Farms and Mendon Auto Supply.

Outman said several of the mini-grant requests are filled via “in memory of” or “in honor of” bequeaths.

Requests by district staff members for the 2014 campaign will be collected in October.

GOCC Expo ‘14

February 28, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Glen Oaks Community College has announced details of Expo ’14, an inaugural event where the community is invited to visit the campus, meet and talk with faculty members, and experience the college through hands-on activities.

The free, three-hour event starts at 10 a.m. March 8.

Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions, said officials with the Centreville-area school hope to raise an awareness of the programs, services and opportunities that it provides.

Guided tours of campus will take place every half hour. Students will be performing demonstrations in many of the labs—these include Automotive, Welding, Electrical Technologies and the Science labs.

In addition, support staff will be on hand to answer questions about associate and certificate degree programs, admissions, registration, financial aid, dual enrollment and student-support services.

Guests will also be able to explore career options through the Focus 2 Online Career and Educational Planning system.

Two win Gold Key awards

February 26, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two Sturgis High School students recently won Gold Key awards in the regional Scholastic Art Contest at South Bend Regional Museum of Art.

Peyton Boughton won in the mixed media category with a pencil and ink wash drawing. Brianna Lindsey won in the jewelry category with a ring. Because the girls’ pieces were judged Gold Key winners, the pieces will go on to New York City for national competition.

High school art teacher Sally Baldwin said the competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious national high school art shows.

The South Bend show runs through March 1 at The Warner Gallery at the South Bend Museum of Art.

Millage request approved in Mendon

February 26, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

By a two-to-one margin, Mendon Community Schools voters approved a 1-mill increase request Tuesday. Unofficial results from the county clerk’s office show a tally of 314 in favor of the $9.3 million request versus 160 voters opposed. Board of education president Roger Cupp, Superintendent Rob Kuhlman and Mendon Pride Committee chairman Jim Fassett were unanimous in saying the district’s voters sent a clear message that they continue their support of the 636-student district. The district plans to target improvement in the areas of security, transportation, building needs and technology. Cupp said the highest priority will be fixing the plumbing and water-line infrastructure at Mendon Elementary this summer. The mill increase also will fund demolition of the Mendon Heritage School House. Cupp said the task will take place either this summer or in 2015.  Kuhlman said the funds will be used in three phases over an eight-year period:  $4.2 million in 2014, $3.3 million in 2018 and nearly $1.9 million in 2022.

Faculty & staff honored

February 25, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Twenty- four faculty and staff members were recently honored by Glen Oaks Community College.

Totaling a combined 330 years of service to the school, the employees were recognized at the Winter Semester All-College meeting.

Thirty-five-year recipients were James McNeil and Robin Weekly. Kathleen Patrick was honored for her 25-year milestone. Honored for 20 years of employment were Ed Chobot, Barbara Clouse, Michelle McNamara, Betsy Morgan and Jeanne Reed.

Lea Green, Chris Khodl and Larry Mericle reached the 15-year-plateau.

Five employees received 10-year recognition and eight more for their five-year anniversary.

Applicants for superintendent

February 24, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Four principals, a superintendent and two curriculum directors made the first cut for the job of superintendent of Colon Community Schools.

The district last week narrowed its field of 19 applicants to eight people, though one withdrew her candidacy. The position will offer a base salary of between $95,000 and $105,000 annually.

Board of education president Ernie Baker said he expects the field to be trimmed to three finalists after the seven are interviewed March 10 and 11. All interviews will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. in a public forum at Colon High School.

The candidates, their community of residence and current job title are as follows:

*Drew Bordner, Richland, director of curriculum and instruction.

*Victor Bungi, Gladstone, curriculum and instruction supervisor.

*Mike Campbell, Mattawan, elementary principal.

*Mike Corey, Mesick, superintendent.

*Pam Duffy, Grand Rapids, K-8 principal.

*Robert Jansen, Bloomfield Hills, K-6 principal.

*Eric Kistler, Osceola, Ind., middle school principal.

Baker said he expects each interview to last about 45 minutes.

Board member Deb Bordner said she will recuse herself of the interview with her son, Drew.

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