Three Rivers, Mendon, Nottawa and Centreville school districts had the greatest number of proficient third-through eighth-grade students in the county on the reading portion of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program.
All four finished above the state average in the reading category, according to MEAP results released by the state Monday.
Meanwhile, students in Nottawa and Sturgis scored the highest number of proficient math scores in the county on the state-standardized text taken by third- through eighth-grade students last October.
They were the only two districts in the county to finish above the state average in the math component.
At 57.1 percent, Burr Oak’s third- through eighth-grade students had the lowest number of proficient students in reading in St. Joseph County, while Mendon, at 28.5 percent, recorded the lowest number of proficient students in math among the county’s nine school districts.
A 44-year-old Three Rivers woman was issued a moving violation after the vehicle she was driving rear-ended a school bus last week in Park Township.
Investigators from the White Pigeon detachment of the Michigan State Police said the incident occurred at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the railroad crossing on Moorepark Road, just east of U.S. 131. Police said the Three Rivers Community Schools bus was stopped at the crossing and a minivan driven by Nancy Springer drove into the back of the bus.
The bus was nearly full with students but no injuries were reported.
Springer also was unharmed.
Voters in the Three Rivers Community Schools district will be asked later this year to renew a non-homestead tax that generated more than $3.7 million last year.
The 20-year-request will appear before voters in May, as the current non-homestead tax is expiring soon and renewal of what is currently more than 17.2 mills the district collects is essential to its operations, according to Superintendent Roger Rathburn.
After discussing the matter at Monday’s board of education meeting, district officials agreed to pursue a renewal that, if approved, would equal 18.2242 mills. The amount in excess of 18 mills would help offset expected reductions over the course of the next 20 years.
Non-homestead tax is collected only from businesses and owners of a secondary residence within the district’s boundaries.
Superintendents from St. Joseph County’s nine school districts are being asked to consider the validity of a countywide school millage request.
During a meeting involving school board members from across the county last week at Burr Oak High School, the question was revisited after being originally raised during a countywide meeting in October.
While the amount potentially being sought has not been discussed, the cost to stage a countywide request was the focus of last week’s meeting.
Pete Bennett, a member of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education, said the cost to stage a campaign to promote such a request in a non-election year would range from $88,000 to $176,000. That includes $30,000 to conduct a special election in a non-election year, such as 2013.
A simple survey to gauge support from the public would cost about $16,000, a cost the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District offered to cover.
Superintendents have been asked to render their opinions by the end of the month on whether to continue to pursue the matter.
An anonymous tip to the Three Rivers Police Department has prompted an investigation into marijuana-laced candy at Three Rivers High School.
According to the Three Rivers Police Department, an officer was dispatched to the school Friday in response to a report of two students possessing marijuana-laced candy. The two students indicated they purchased the candy from another student, and other students from the school were using the drug-laced candy.
The matter remains under investigation.
The two largest school districts in St. Joseph County conducted their re-organizational meetings this week.
In Sturgis, Geoff Smith was named president of its board of education. Tom Robertson was assigned vice president and Ann Bird secretary. Ray Sterling will serve as treasurer.
In Three Rivers, board members returned Susan Schmidtendorff as president, Mike Bosma as vice president and Waneta Truckey as secretary. Pete Bennett will serve as treasurer.