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Three Rivers principal remains pie-eating champion

Three Rivers Middle School Principal Andy Mains retained his title as pie-eating champion, as a result of a competition Saturday at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. In addition to Three Rivers, the fifth annual county school districts pie-eating event featured representatives from Constantine, Sturgis, White Pigeon, Burr Oak, Nottawa and the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District. Mains downed …

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School bond discussed in White Pigeon

The White Pigeon School Board last week had a discussion about requesting a one-mill, five-year renewal of its 2014 bond. The board has not yet voted on whether to put it on the ballot in 2019. The 2014 bond was used for buses, technology, technological infrastructure and equipment. Should this initiative move forward, money would most likely go toward these …

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Michigan’s top court: Schools can ban gun-toting visitors

Public schools in Michigan can ban visitors from carrying guns, even if the owner has a permit to possess a concealed pistol, the state Supreme Court said Friday. Under state law, local governments must defer to the Legislature on gun policy. But in a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court said the law mentions cities, villages, townships and counties — not …

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Michigan State students to get free on-campus bus rides

Students, staff and faculty at Michigan State University will get free on-campus bus service for a year starting in late August. The East Lansing school says it’s amended its contract with the Capital Area Transportation Authority for the 2018-19 academic year. The free service will go into effect Aug. 27, when fall semester classes start, and will run on a …

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TR school board reaches a settlement

A tumultuous situation involving the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education has been resolved. Board members this week agreed to a financial settlement with Kevin Hamilton, former administrator of educational services at Three Rivers Middle School. Hamilton and two other administrators were let go following the 2014-15 academic year. They subsequently filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, …

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Update – Glen Oaks millage study

Members of the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees recently received an update on results of a recent millage study. Paul Hanley, of George K. Baum & Company, discussed conclusions of a mail survey, while Jim Hobart, of Public Opinion Strategies, provided results of a telephone survey. Hanley said nearly 21,000 registered-voter households within the college district received a …

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New principal for Vicksburg High School

Centreville junior-senior high school principal Matt Hawkins is leaving the district. Hawkins has accepted the job of assistant principal for Vicksburg High School. Hawkins, from Three Rivers, has been at Centreville Public Schools for two years. Keevin O’Neill, the most recent Vicksburg principal, was appointed as the new superintendent. Adam Brush, former assistant principal at the school, is taking over …

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No more SAT for teachers who want Michigan certification

A new Michigan law eliminates a requirement that teachers take the SAT, the standardized test commonly used in college admissions. The test was required for people who wanted to become certified to teach in Michigan. But critics say it’s not a good indicator of a successful teacher. Sen. Marty Knollenberg, a Republican from Troy, says the SAT doesn’t measure enthusiasm, …

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Michigan principal apologizes for Marine uniform comments

A high school principal in southern Michigan has apologized to two graduates whom he had chastised for wearing their Marine dress uniforms during commencement. Marshall High School Principal Scott Hutchins apologized Monday for his comments regarding the two students’ decision not to wear their caps and gowns on June 3, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported . School officials had told the two …

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Mental health program for teenager in Michigan school threat

A 15-year-old student who was arrested in March after threatening violence at his school and the discovery of guns, ammunition and pipe bomb materials at his southwestern Michigan home has been ordered to participate in a mental health treatment program. The boy learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to explosives and firearms charges. Van Buren County prosecutors say …

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