Two cheer-team squads from Three Rivers had a successful experience in a national competition last weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.
Caroline Goodall, coach for the Three Rivers Young Champions Cheer team, said its 21-person Division 4 team took first place in the national championship round Saturday.
Meanwhile, its 27-member Division 5 team took second place in the nation. The age range between the two teams is 8 through 16 years.
Goodall said the feat marked the first time both divisions qualified for Cheer Nationals.
Last weekend’s Three Rivers Relay for Life event was a success, as event organizers said they surpassed their goal by a slim margin.
Danielle Rohrer, 2013 relay for Life chairperson, said this year’s goal was $132,000, and toward the conclusion of the 24-hour event, it surpassed the goal by more than $1,600. A small amount of additional pledge dollars are expected to further pad the amount raised for the 2013 campaign.
The walk took place at Armstrong Field at Three Rivers High School.
Reconstruction of the tennis courts at Three Rivers High School is underway, as Southern Michigan Bank & Trust has been selected to provide the loan for the project.
In action at last week’s Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education meeting, members adopted a resolution for an installment purchase agreement with SMB&T for a loan in excess of $550,000.
Homer-based Quality Asphalt Paving was awarded the bid.
The financing agreement is for a period not to exceed 10 years with annual principal and interest payments beginning at the end of July.
Dorothy Woodbury, district financial supervisor, reported that five banks participated in bidding on the loan, with interest rates ranging from the 2.49 percent offered by SMB&T to 4.14 percent.
The project is slated to be substantially complete by mid-August, district officials said.
It appears Three Rivers Community Schools Superintendent Roger Rathburn will finish his career with the district.
Rathburn and Paw Paw Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bielang were the finalists for the job of superintendent of Portage Public Schools. Portage officials announced Friday afternoon their decision to offer the post to Bielang.
The 50-year-old Rathburn made public last year he would be retiring at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, a plan that appears to remain intact as a result of Portage Schools’ decision last week.
Rathburn, who spent most of his youth as a Portage Public Schools student, has served as Three Rivers superintendent for 12 years.
The Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education is looking toward the selection of a new superintendent to succeed Roger Rathburn who has announced his intention to retire from his current post in 2014. Since making his announcement, Rathburn has also surfaced as one of two finalists for the position of superintendent for the Portage Public Schools.
The selection issue came in for discussion Monday evening (June 17) when Board President Susan Schmidtendorff asked if a meeting had been scheduled with MASB – the Michigan Association of School Boards – which was contracted in April to assist the district in the selection process. Board Secretary Pete Bennett, chairman of the Human Resources Committee, said, ““No, we don’t because they were going to contact us for this fall to start the process of community involvement. I can give them a call. I was kind of waiting until we find out what’s happening with the white elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about,” a reference to the potential for an early departure by Rathburn if he is the person chosen for the position in Portage.”
Schmidtendorff said, “I don’t know that we need to wait for that, or whether that plays a part in it.” She suggested having “a core group” of board members and others meet with MASB this summer “where we all sit down and we get a feel for what their process is, what they’re going to expect from us, what we might expect of them, and how that will look on the calendar.” Schmidtendorff asked Bennett to contact MASB and he said he would do so. Since then Bennett has reported that he has arranged for MASB Superintendent Search Consultant Richard Dunham to “start the process at 8:45 a.m. on July 15,” the date of the board’s next meeting. Bennett said, “We will likely develop a timeline for the process at that time, by which we will know for certain whether or not Roger Rathburn leaves us this July or next July.”
The Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education has adopted the 2013-2014 Preliminary Budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1.
The action came Monday evening (June 17) following a public hearing during which there were no citizen comments.
The budget projects revenues of $23,781,274 and expenditures of $24, 656,659, thus showing a revenue shortfall of $875,386.
The resolution to adopt the budget also sets various millage levies to support the spending plan:
17.7242 mills for operating purposes on all non-homestead and non-qualified agricultural property
.5 mills for the 2004 debt
.7 mill for the 2007 bond refunding
4.36 mills for the 2008 bond refunding
.54 mills for the 2012 bond refunding.
The total of the debt retirement levies – at 6.1 mills – is down from 6.4 mills last year.