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Sturgis Schools approve budget

The 2015-16 operating budget for Sturgis Public Schools was approved by district officials last week. The school district, which is St. Joseph County’s biggest at nearly 3,300 students, is in strong financial standing, according to Superintendent Tom Langdon. Projections from the board show a 15 percent fund equity, which allows Sturgis schools to make payroll without borrowing money to cover …

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Constantine principal moves to superintendent at Colon

Constantine High School Principal Christine Barnes has accepted an offer from Colon Community Schools to serve as its superintendent. The job was presented following interviews with three candidates last week. Board president Eric Wagner said Barnes brings to the 600-student district an impressive work ethic. In addition, Wagner said, she used to live in Colon, still attends church in the …

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School board members have chance to appeal

Three school board members subject to a recall have through Monday next week to appeal a decision Friday that will allow the process to continue. Three Rivers Board of Education members Waneta Truckey, Carl Barth and board president Mike Bosma did not indicate after Friday’s clarity/factual hearing what course of action they plan to follow. The three-member St. Joseph County …

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Three Rivers recall process will continue

Members of the St. Joseph County Election Commission agreed Friday that the language in petitions to recall a trio of Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education members is clear. As a result, the recall process against board members Waneta Truckey, Carl Barth and board president Mike Bosma will be allowed to continue. The decision was made by the three-member …

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Colon Schools sets 2015-16 calendar

Colon Community Schools addressed a pair of business matters during its June meeting. The board granted tenure to Great Start Readiness Program teacher Sara Lindsey, and high school life skills and English teacher Kim Klocke. Also, the board adopted the district’s 2015-16 school year calendar. The first day will be Sept. 8 – the latest possible start date. Christmas break …

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Kalamazoo Promise update

Researchers say an anonymously funded free college tuition program for high school graduates of the Kalamazoo Public Schools has helped increase college graduation rates. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports a new study finds students eligible for the Kalamazoo Promise are a third more likely to graduate college within six years of finishing high school versus their peers before the program was …

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