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School Board member resigns

June 11, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

Sturgis Relay for Life Event

June 7, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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 may join league

June 5, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

Newly created team league

May 16, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

Custodial jobs outsourced

May 15, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Nine custodial jobs with Sturgis Public Schools will be outsourced to a Holland-based company, following action by the district’s board of education Monday.

The nine employees will have an opportunity to join Enviro-Clean, which will cost the district about $500,000 next year. The current contract with district-employed custodians is in excess of $700,000, district officials said.

The new contract, which takes effect July 1, calls for Enviro-Clean employees to earn between $10- and $15-an-hour, with the option of self-only insurance.

Two custodians and about two dozen teachers attended in support of the current janitorial staff members. Teachers who addressed the board said current janitorial staff members are an integral part of the district and are trusted employees who are more in tune with each building’s needs.

District officials indicated they will likely review potential outsourcing of transportation services next year.

Scholarships awarded

May 13, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Nearly two dozen Sturgis High School graduates-to-be were recipients of the Sturgis Area Community Foundation Scholarship Reception for 2013.

The recent program featured scholarship recipients and representatives from the families who helped make the awards possible.

Close to $110,000 was awarded to students in educational and camp scholarship awards.

Since 1999, more than 650 students have received in excess of $460,000 in scholarships through the foundation.

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