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Tuition increase at Notre Dame

February 19, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The University of Notre Dame is raising undergraduate tuition by 3.8 percent to more than $46,000 next school year. The school says the percentage increase is the same as in recent years. With average room and board rates of more than $13,000, total student charges for 2014-15 will be about $59,500. Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, thanked parents in a letter for their investment in the university. Jenkins also wrote that while surveys show college graduates earn more than those with high school degrees, the education is more important than simply for earnings potential. He says students are shaped in “profound ways” and exposed to myriad experiences that help them to become educated, ethical leaders.  (AP)

Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year

February 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Sturgis resident has been awarded the honor of Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year.

Sturgis Police Deputy Chief David Ives said Jim Cook, a retired CAD instructor from Glen Oaks Community College, was selected from nominations across the state. He was presented a plaque during a recent meeting of the 5th District Homeland Security in Kalamazoo.

Cook heads the Sturgis Volunteers in Policing program

Ives said Citizen Corps is coordinated nationally by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It trains volunteers to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to any type of disaster.

Cook also received the Volunteers in Policing state award as volunteer of the year in 2013.

Kazoo student has tuberculosis

February 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Officials plan to test about 300 students and staff at Kalamazoo Central High School after a male student was found to have tuberculosis. Testing will begin Monday. Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services official Linda Vail says the chances that others at the school contracted tuberculosis are “very, very slim.” Public schools Superintendent Michael Rice says staff members were told Wednesday about the testing. Central High parent Jennifer Keyser tells the Kalamazoo Gazette she received a phone call Thursday from school officials saying her son “had been around the other student” and needs to be tested. Tuberculosis is an airborne infection that attacks the lungs. According to state health statistics, there were 151 TB cases in Michigan last year and 21 so far in 2014.  (AP)

Fight at Loy Norrix High School

February 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A half-dozen female students have been arrested following a fight at a Kalamazoo high school. Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice says “six girls got into a fight and wouldn’t stop.” Loy Norrix High School has a police liaison officer. Rice says Kalamazoo city police also were needed to help break up the Thursday morning skirmish.  (AP)

Choosing candidates for superintendent

February 12, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Members of the Colon Community Schools Board of Education have agreed to whittle a list of 19 superintendent candidates to eight or nine finalists by next week.

Board president Ernie Baker during Monday’s monthly board meeting suggested the measure as a way of working with a manageable number of candidates to succeed Lloyd Kirby, who retired in August.

The board set the base salary to between $95,000 and $105,000. Benefits, incentives and other perks, meanwhile, could push the full package into a neighborhood of $150,000.

Interim superintendent Jay Newman, who agreed Monday to stay on board through the hiring process, said the district was fortunate to receive a number of strong candidates.

Newman said four of the candidates are superintendents currently, none of the candidates work in St. Joseph County and three are from out of state.

Next Monday’s meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at Colon High School’s media center.

School District asking for restoration of mills

February 12, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Intermediate School District has authorized a May 6 request to restore nearly three-tenths of a mill to the maximum rate of 2.75 mills previously approved by the county’s voters.

The restoration of the Headlee Reduction request fell by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent last August. At stake is more than $633,000 to be distributed proportionately to the county’s nine school districts.

Ron Drzewicki, White Pigeon superintendent, asked during Monday’s ISD special meeting if the board would consider moving the date to August, as White Pigeon Community Schools is seeking a 1-mill increase May 6.

Barb Marshall, ISD superintendent, sympathized with Drzewicki but said the process was set in motion late last year and the ISD is merely following through on the wishes of the county’s other superintendents.

The county’s school districts are receiving 2.4554 mills out of 2.75 mills for special-education services. Voters will be asked to restore the 0.2946-mill difference. The potential restoration to 2.75 mills would be funded by non-homestead property owners – typically seasonal residents – and businesses in the county.

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