Three Rivers officials intend to look at a potential sidewalk snow-removal policy following concerns raised during a commission meeting last week.
Three Rivers Board of Education member Waneta Truckey said children walking to and from school are forced into the street when sidewalks are not cleared of snow. The fact children are walking in the streets is a safety concern, she noted, adding the matter is most relevant to students at Hoppin and Andrews elementary schools.
Commissioners discussed the pros and cons of an ordinance, and agreed to seek public input on the matter at its Feb. 4 meeting.
Applications for the 2014 Sturgis Area Community Foundation scholarship program are now being accepted.
Seniors at Sturgis High School are eligible for consideration and may pick up an application at the guidance office.
Scholarships opportunities are also available to seniors attending school in Centreville, Mendon, Colon, Constantine, White Pigeon and Burr Oak. Applications may be obtained online at sturgisfoundation.org.
Applications will be accepted through March 28.
Students at White Pigeon Middle/High School were dismissed for the day at 11:30 a.m. Monday after a gas leak was reported by a faculty member. Superintendent Ron Drzewicki said the odor was brought to his attention around 10 a.m. Drzewicki said he called SEMCO energy after it was determined the source of the smell was from the school’s boiler room. School personnel shut off the gas, which cut off the school’s source of heat and prohibited kitchen staff from cooking lunch. Fortunately, Drzewicki said, lunch was already made for Central Elementary. In light of the circumstances and for the safety of the school’s students, Drzewicki said the decision calling for an early dismissal was made. Central Elementary students were not subject to the early release. SEMCO officials corrected the problem in about an hour.
Glen Oaks Community College’s Board of Trustees has reached an agreement with a new president.
During a special meeting Monday, the board and David Devier (agreed to a two-year contract. Terms of the contract include a $150,000 annual salary, plus an allowance for a car and phone.
He begins the job Monday.
Chosen from a group of three finalists, the 59-year-old Devier replaces Gary Wheeler, who will be stepping down in June.
Devier retired in October as vice president of academic and student affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.
Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent Tom Langdon is one of five finalists for the top administrative post at Jackson Public Schools.
Langdon, 49, was interviewed for the position this week.
He came to Sturgis in 2011 after serving several years as an administrator and superintendent for Big Rapids Public Schools.
Langdon, whose current salary is $125,000, is vying for the position also being sought by candidates from school districts in Ann Arbor, Mount Clemens, Eaton Rapids and Vestaburg.
A finalist is expected to be chosen before the end of January.
A dozen people attended a public forum Wednesday in Mendon to hear more about the school district’s millage-increase request.
Superintendent Rob Kuhlman and Michael Galovan, project manager from engineer/architect firm TowerPinkster, went over a detailed explanation of what’s at stake in the $9.3 million request.
They said nearly three-quarters of the request will go toward building renovations and technology upgrades. In addition seven new buses would be purchased over the course of a seven-year period starting this year.
Nobody from the public posed a question during the 45-minute gathering.
If approved, the millage would allow the district to sell bonds in three phases through 2021.
Kuhlman said $5.9 million overall in building upgrades at Mendon Elementary and Mendon Middle/High School, and more than $900,000 toward a comprehensive upgrade of its technology infrastructure are critical components to the request.
A 1-mill increase would cost the owner of a house with a market value of $100,000 about $50 more in taxes annually.
Additional forums will be Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19. All sessions will begin at 7 p.m. at the elementary school.