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Three Rivers narrows search for superintendent

The field of candidates for Three Rivers Community Schools superintendent has been narrowed to two finalists. District officials announced last week that the two candidates interviewed Thursday will return for another round of questions later in the month. They are Jonathon Whan and Ron Moag. Moag is chief financial officer and human resources officer for Suttons Bay Public Schools, while …

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Michigan governor calls for upgrading security at schools

Michigan would spend $20 million to upgrade security at up to 400 schools, expand a tip line that lets students report threats and require schools to incorporate behavioral health assessments into their procedures under a plan Gov. Rick Snyder outlined on Monday. The proposal was developed in the wake of the shooting massacre at a Florida high school in February …

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Three Rivers interviews superintendent candidates

Three Rivers Community Schools has interviewed two of the four candidates it has chosen as its prospective superintendent. Spencer Byrd and Jeff Rehlander met Tuesday with the board of education and fielded a number of questions. Byrd is currently superintendent of Meridian School District in Southern Illinois; Rehlander is superintendent of Gobles Public Schools. The other pair of candidates will …

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Sturgis Board approves superintendent contract

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education has reached a contract agreement with Art Ebert, incoming superintendent. During Monday’s board meeting, its members voted unanimously to approve Ebert’s contract. Board president Ann Bird said the sides agreed to a three-year contract, similar in total to the amount that was paid in the last contract for recently-retired Tom Langdon. His last 12-month …

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Glen Oaks agriculture students get hands on experience

Area agriculture students will soon gain valuable experience by farming more than 65 acres of ground on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College. More than 60 people attended a dinner meeting in late March to hear about the new opportunity for students and to learn about two agriculture-related programs on campus. Reid Leaverton, Ag Equipment Technology instructor, said the campus …

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Glen Oaks receives advertising award

Glen Oaks Community College’s communications and marketing department recently received an award in the annual “Educational Advertising Awards.” The honor was in recognition of the school’s holiday card. A national panel of education industry specialists reviewed all entered pieces, presenting gold, silver, bronze and merit awards based on creativity, marketing execution and message impact. The cover of the gold-winning card …

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School calendar approved at Centreville

Centreville Public Schools Board of Education has approved calendars for the 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. In each case, the district will begin the school year on Monday prior to Labor Day. Superintendent Stephanie Lemmer said calendars had been built collaboratively with staff and also after surveying parents of elementary and junior/senior high students. Lemmer said a before-Labor Day start …

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Softball cancelled at Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Community College has announced the cancellation of its 2018 softball season. Low numbers and an abundance of injuries have decimated the roster, making it impossible to finish out the league season, according to athletic director Courtney Ivan. She said the Vikings did show signs of success during their nine-game spring trip in Florida. Ivan said the health and …

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Glen Oaks sees increase in enrollment

Glen Oaks Community College had a 7.3 percent increase in student headcount and a 10.1 percent increase in credit hours as enrollment numbers are finalized for the winter 2018 semester compared to a year ago. It represents an upward trend for the sixth straight semester. Glen Oaks president David Devier said the school’s overall enrollment is 1,232 students this semester. …

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Substitute teacher accused of choking 8th grader in Kalamazoo

A woman says her 13-year-old son had red marks and bruises on his neck after being choked by a substitute teacher at a Kalamazoo school. Mona Thompson tells WWMT-TV her son was asked to leave the classroom Tuesday at Kalamazoo’s Milwood Magnet School after another student threw a tennis ball at the teacher. She says the teacher grabbed the 8th grader by …

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