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New high school principal

June 11, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Three Rivers Community Schools didn’t have to look far to find a new high school principal.

The board of education this week selected Carrie Balk, a seven-year employee with the district. Balk, 35, previously taught language arts and social studies at Hamilton High School before joining the Three Rivers High School staff to teach social studies.

She has served as administrator of educational services the past two years.

Balk’s new position takes effect July 1, as she succeeds Jean Logan. Logan has been selected as the district’s superintendent, replacing the soon-to-retire Roger Rathburn.

Searching for new principal

May 19, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The search for a new principal at Three Rivers High School is expected to step up at the end of the week.

Superintendent Roger Rathburn said current principal Jean Logan, who will take over the district’s top post July 1 – will play an integral part in her successor. Rathburn said Logan has had her hands full with end-of-the-year activities.

Rathburn said Logan will likely delve into a large collection of résumés Friday, the day after the high school’s graduation. He said interest in the post, which will pay about $95,000 annually, has been expressed internally, from throughout the region and from outside the state.

The district is also expected to start looking for a replacement for director of operations Steve Lucas and soon-to-retire finance director, Dorothy Woodbury.

Two School Board Members earn award

April 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two St. Joseph County school board members earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Pete Bennett of Three Rivers Community Schools and Sally Boeschenstein of the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District were recognized for their efforts to improve leadership skills, and demonstrate their commitment to student achievement and their own continuous improvement.

Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service and leadership activities.

Bennett has been bestowed the award of distinction, while Boeschenstein has been recognized for being a certified board member and was issued an award of merit.

MASB officials said the training and professional development helps board members to keep pace with the fast-moving and complex changes in education.

Logan to be superintendent

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Roger Rathburn’s likely replacement as superintendent of Three Rivers Community Schools is a familiar face to the district.

Jean Logan, who has served as Three Rivers High School principal since the 2010-11 academic year, was offered the district’s top post Monday.

Logan, 48, was one of two finalists. She and Gary Wood, superintendent of Mio-Au Sable Schools, were chosen as finalists from a field of six candidates who interviewed for the position last week.

Logan, whose salary as principal is $93,000 annually, is working with district officials regarding terms of her contract, including salary.

Logan spent 13 years with Constantine Public Schools before replacing Dan Ryan as Three Rivers High School principal.

To replace Logan, the district is working on posting its opening for a high school principal.

Seven candidates found

March 20, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

Two Lady Cats receive honors

March 18, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A pair of seniors from the Three Rivers Lady Cats basketball team received special honors from the Michigan Associated Press.

Teagan Reeves and Linsey Masnari were recognized, as Reeves was named to the Class B all-state basketball team, while Masnari made the honorable-mention list.

Reeves, who will attend Western Michigan University in the fall and play volleyball and basketball, scored more than 550 points this season. She placed third in Michigan’s Miss Basketball.

Masnari, a three-year starter, scored 352 points in 24 games this season.

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