Finalist for top administrative post

January 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent Tom Langdon is one of five finalists for the top administrative post at Jackson Public Schools.

Langdon, 49, was interviewed for the position this week.

He came to Sturgis in 2011 after serving several years as an administrator and superintendent for Big Rapids Public Schools.

Langdon, whose current salary is $125,000, is vying for the position also being sought by candidates from school districts in Ann Arbor, Mount Clemens, Eaton Rapids and Vestaburg.

A finalist is expected to be chosen before the end of January.

Prep athletes of the year

January 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A pair of three-star athletes – one a senior at Sturgis High School and the other a senior at Mendon – have been named St. Joseph County’s male and female prep athletes of the year for 2013.

The honor, bestowed by the Sturgis Journal sports department, went to Chance Stewart and Brooke Howard.

Stewart, whose high school career has seen him excel in football, basketball and baseball, will continue his football career at Western Michigan University. The four-star quarterback committed to the Broncos last year.

Howard has been an integral part of volleyball, basketball and track teams during her career at Mendon. With Howard as its leader, Mendon’s volleyball team made back-to-back Final Four appearances in the Class C volleyball finals in 2012 and 2013.

Howard, who scored her 1,000th career basketball point as a junior last season, plans to attend Grand Valley State University.

Sturgis teacher gets award

December 27, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A Sturgis Middle School math teacher has been named the winner of the 2013 John E. Oster Award.

Cynthia Sprowl, a district employee of more than 30 years, was announced as the recipient during a recent luncheon sponsored by the Sturgis Rotary Club.

The award is presented on behalf of the John Oster Memorial Fund, established in 1981 by Jo Ellen Oster. It recognizes a Sturgis Public Schools teacher for teaching excellence and community involvement.

Prior to his death, Oster discussed implementing a fund to provide an endowment to be given each year to a teacher for his or her contribution to the Sturgis community and to the education of students in the district.

The Sturgis Area Community Foundation holds and administrates the fund that carries Oster’s vision of proper teacher recognition.

Head of Board of Education

December 12, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Ann Bird has been appointed to head the Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education.

Bird will serve as board president, filling the void left by Tom Robertson. Robertson resigned last month after accepting a job as juvenile court director, a position Robertson said could create a conflict of interest.

With Bird sworn in as president, Ray Sterling was appointed vice president, Frank Kalasky secretary and Kerri Millett treasurer.

On a related note, Paul Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as a new board member.

Relieved bus drivers

December 11, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sturgis Public Schools officials this week decided to keep its transportation services in-house rather than contract bus-driving services.

During Monday’s board of education meeting, members acted on a recommendation of a committee to retain its own staff and employees. The measure was a relief to several bus drivers who attended the meeting, according to Superintendent Tom Langdon.

Committee members studied a bid from MV Transportation, whose figures were comparable to the $350,000 annual cost the district spends for its own bus-driving staff.

Board members agreed the district is well served by the current roster of drivers. The bid for services was sought at the request of the state.

Girls named to all-state squad

December 10, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Seven area high school girls were named to the all-state volleyball squad.

Members of the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association named Brooke Howard of Mendon to its Class C first-team. Her teammate, Alexis Russell, was named to the second team, while fellow Lady Hornet Jordan VanOss made the third team.

In Class B, first team honors went to Rachel Anderson of Sturgis, while Three Rivers’ Teagan Reeves was named to the second team. Kelsey Metzger of Sturgis was named to the third team and Hannah Landis was an honorable mention recipient.

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