Three Rivers Community Schools Superintendent Roger Rathburn is a finalist for the superintendent’s position with Portage Public Schools.
Rathburn, who has been planning to retire from Three Rivers a year from now, is one of a trio of candidates for the Portage post currently held in an interim basis by Rob Olsen.
Portage school officials have indicated first-round interviews will take place next week. A meeting June 14 will narrow the field for second-round interviews June 19 and 20.
The 50-year-old Rathburn, who is finishing his 12th year as Three Rivers superintendent, currently earns more than $129,000 annually.
A Three Rivers High School graduate planning to attend Grand Valley State University was named the recipient of the 12th Ron Reece Scholarship.
Lizzy Skalski, a 2013 high school graduate, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, renewable annually for a total of four years.
Named in honor of the late Three Rivers Community Schools superintendent, the Ron Reece Memorial Scholarship is presented to graduates entering the field of education. Skalski has indicated she would like to become a secondary English teacher.
The Reece family has awarded the scholarships over the past six years.
More than 40 people took part in Saturday’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser for the Three Rivers-based Domestic And Sexual Abuse Services agency.
Staying consistent with the event’s name, most of the male participants wore high-heeled shoes as they walked a mile on the Three Rivers High School track.
Event co-chair Rose Parshall said the second-annual walk was fortunate to once again draw a number of representatives from law enforcement, as well as prosecuting attorneys from St. Joseph and Cass counties.
DASAS provides services for women in St. Joseph, Cass and Van Buren counties.
The four remaining schools from the St. Joseph Valley League athletic conference are expected to join a newly created, 10-team league.
The Berrien-Cass-St. Joseph Conference was announced this week during the Bronson Community Schools Board of Education meeting. The new league, which will include SJV members Centreville, Bronson, White Pigeon and Mendon, will debut in the 2014-15 academic year.
Other members will be New Buffalo and Lake Michigan Catholic from the Red Arrow Conference, and Cassopolis, Buchanan, Bridgman and Niles Brandywine from the Lakeland Conference.
The state of the SJV became jeopardized after Colon, Constantine and Schoolcraft left it in 2008.
Athletic directors from the 10 schools have agreed to split the new conference into east and west divisions.
Officials from school districts in Three Rivers and White Pigeon saw non-homestead millage renewals pass with ease Tuesday.
In Three Rivers, nearly two-thirds of the 612 participating voters OK’d an 18-mill renewal levied to the tax bills of commercial and non-homestead properties. The millage generates nearly $3.7 million annually and represents about 15 percent of the district’s annual budget.
White Pigeon Community Schools had success with its non-homestead millage renewal Tuesday, as well. Almost three-quarters of the 460 voters who took part in the vote supported the measure.
District officials said the five-year renewal ensures the district will continue to collect about $2.8 million annually through the non-homestead millage.
A request by Marcellus Community Schools for an additional 3 mills over a 21-year period was rejected, 482 to 308.
District officials were attempting to raise $15.2 million for matters related to security, technology, transportation and building maintenance district wide.
Four new auxiliary officers were introduced to the Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday.
Chief Tom Bringman said over the past 11 months, the five completed 120 hours of training, which included classroom, defensive tactics and firearms.
The quartet is comprised of Three Rivers High School graduates Brian Kline and Travis Cain, Caledonia native Gary VanderMei and Kalamazoo resident Shawn Taylor.
Bringman praised the auxiliary squad and said without the assistance of its members, the department would not be as effective as it is.