Three Rivers High School will have a neighboring rival in its league in the 2014-15 school year, as Sturgis Public Schools is expected to join the Wolverine Conference.
An invitation requesting St. Joseph County’s largest school district to join the league was extended by conference officials late last week. Sturgis school officials have indicated they intend to accept the offer, and approval by their board of education is the final formality needed.
The addition of the Trojans would make the league an all-Class-B conference and even it out with 12 members.
Sturgis will replace Comstock, which is departing the league after the 2013-14 academic year.
The Sturgis Department of Public Safety will be looking for a new director, as Dave Northrop is stepping down next month.
The 47-year-old Northrop was named dean of students at Eastwood Elementary School. The Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education chose Northrop from a field of nine candidates for the newly created position, which replaces the job of assistant principal.
District officials said the dean of students is a 41-week paid position, resulting in a savings over an assistant principal position and its full-year salary. Previous assistant principal Larry Smoker retired in June.
Northrop joined the Sturgis department in 1988 and was named its director of public safety in 2004.
Sturgis Public Schools hired three teachers this week.
District officials during their Monday board meeting approved the employment of Darcy Ford, Megan Wait and Lauren Howell.
Ford will teach Great Start Readiness Program at Jerolene School, while Wait and Howell will be assigned separate third-grade classes at Eastwood School.
A 12-year member of the Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education announced her resignation last week.
LeeAnn McConnell, who did not elaborate on the reason for her resignation, was serving a term due to expire in November 2014.
The board must fill McConnell’s spot within 30 days of her date of resignation. A district resident wishing to complete McConnell’s term may submit a letter of interest through the mail or in person to the superintendent’s office. The deadline is Thursday.
The 2013 Sturgis Relay for Life event begins this afternoon, as cancer survivors and participants walking in memory of a cancer victim will assemble a Sturgis High School’s track.
The event starts at 3 p.m., with a number of special laps planned. At 6 o’clock, cancer survivors will walk a victory lap and a luminaire ceremony starts at 10, when participants reflect on those who lost their cancer battle.
Organizers said 21 teams have committed to the event and have raised more than $27,000 in pledges so far.
A pancake breakfast will be offered 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Sturgis Public Schools athletics director Mark Adams said the district is expressing an interest in joining the Wolverine Conference athletic league.
Although the concept is in its infancy, Adams said Sturgis is aware the conference is interested in adding at least one other team, with the impending departure of Comstock. A Wolverine Conference meeting is expected to take place next week and the issue of what school might fill Comstock’s void – or whether to add at least three more teams – will likely be discussed.
Adams said Sturgis has sent a letter of interest to Wolverine Conference officials, but he reiterated the idea has a way to go.
The Wolverine Conference includes similar-sized schools as Sturgis, and features Three Rivers, Vicksburg and Paw Paw.
Sturgis is currently a member of the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference.