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Constantine Schools release documents

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 59-year-old Three Rivers man who previously taught in Constantine and Three Rivers was reprimanded at least a half dozen times for inappropriate behavior, according to personnel records detailing the employment of David Wing.

The documents, released by Constantine Public Schools in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, show the 59-year-old Wing agreed to surrender his teacher’s license in January 2013. In exchange, he received a $10,000 buyout, payment for unused sick and vacation time, and two additional years of retirement credit.

Wing, who was arrested at his residence July 12, faces three counts of criminal sexual conduct and a single charge of child sexually abusive activity.

The second-degree CSC incidents allegedly occurred in 2008 and 2009 in the first case, June 2014 in the second case and July 4 this year in the third case.

He is slated for a preliminary examination Thursday. Wing is free after posting $100,000 cash-surety bail.

Wing is represented by Three Rivers attorney Ron Grubbs.

White Pigeon Days concluded

July 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

White Pigeon Days concluded its three-day run Sunday, with a community church service and picnic at Wade Park.

Event organizers said Saturday night’s fireworks show was viewed by thousands of people who parked as far away as Dickinson Road to watch the display.

Earlier in the evening, Constantine High School’s alumni football squad topped a White Pigeon alumni team, 14-6. Proceeds from the game’s $10-per-person admission fee will be split between the two schools for their respective football programs.

New superintendent

June 5, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis Public Schools administrator has been offered the superintendent’s position at a neighboring district.

Members of the Bronson Community Schools Board of Education voted this week to extend a contract offer to Teresa Belote. She currently serves as principal at Congress and Wenzel elementary schools.

Belote was one of three finalists from a field of six candidates interviewed for the post, which is being vacated by soon-to-be-retired Jim Modert.

The other finalists for the position at the 1,000-student district in Branch County were Constantine High School Principal Christine Barnes and Jeff Budge, principal at Beaverton Middle School.

Constantine student wins contest

April 28, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Constantine High School sophomore was the winner of the “Seed Corn Capitol of the World” logo contest.

Sponsored by the Constantine Brainstormers, the contest drew 37 entries, including the winning drawing submitted by Carissa Matthews.

The winner was chosen by popular vote, which took place earlier this month during the Constantine community Easter egg hunt.

The winning logo will be printed on clothing to be sold by Brainstormers.

Adopting a new calendar for school

March 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A decision by Constantine Public Schools to adopt a so-called balanced calendar would be made only after an exhaustive review and considerable public input.

For now, Superintendent Chuck Frisbie told a crowd of about two dozen people Wednesday, the concept is still just a proposal and remains in the discussion stage. If the measure is endorsed, it would begin no sooner than the 2015-16 academic year.

Constantine High School principal Christine Barnes provided information regarding studies that have focused on academic achievement in balanced-calendar school districts versus traditional September-to-June systems. A noteworthy component focused on what she called “summer slide,” the four to seven weeks at the onset of a new school year it takes many students to return to their knowledge level prior to summer vacation.

Frisbie said under a balanced calendar, school is in session 170 days, the same number of days under either schedule. Next year, the state is requiring 175 days and potentially 180 after that.

Barnes provided a balanced calendar showing school starting in mid-August and ending the third week of June. Two-week breaks are in place at the end of October, the end of December, and late March into early April. In addition, there would be no school the week of Thanksgiving and the calendar also shows a five-day weekend around Memorial Day.

District officials passed out a survey to audience members and the same survey is on the district’s website.

Special meeting for Constantine Schools

March 13, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Frisbie said a special meeting will take place Wednesday next week to discuss school safety, middle school building updates and the concept of year-round school.

Frisbie said he and school board members have received input on the subject of year-round school from parents and he would like to use next week’s session to further discuss the proposal.

Frisbie said the idea of year-round schooling has been discussed casually among the county’s superintendents, as a number of schools in the state are, too, since Gov. Snyder said there could be money attached to year-round schedules, Frisbie said.

He said 58 percent of Michigan’s high school graduates go on to attend college or a technical school. At 34 percent, St. Joseph County is in need of proposals to boost the number of graduates who continue their education, Frisbie said.

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