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Western Michigan University board OKs sex misconduct policy

Western Michigan University’s Board of Trustees has approved a new policy designed to encourage students and staff to report cases of sexual misconduct. The university said in a news release that trustees approved changes Wednesday. They were put in place on an interim basis on January, and the policy was refined and presented to the board after comments from campus …

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Teams donate to Roll family

Saturday’s alumni football game between Centreville and Colon has taken on new meaning. Earlier this week, both teams decided to donate a portion of the proceeds of the game to the family of Robert Roll. Roll, a 2003 Constantine High School graduate, suffered a severe neck injury in last weekend’s alumni game against White Pigeon. Doctors determined Roll suffered a …

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Recall appeal will not be decided locally

An appeal filed by a trio of Three Rivers Board of Education members currently in the process of being recalled won’t be fielded locally. Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman on Wednesday issued a media advisory, stating he, along with judges Jeff Middleton and Rob Pattison, have disqualified themselves from hearing the appeal of the St. Joseph County Election Board’s June …

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New athletic director at Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Community College announces the hiring of Courtney Ivan as the new athletic director/director of fitness and wellness center. Ivan comes to Glen Oaks from Jackson College, Jackson, Michigan, where she was the assistant director of housing and head women’s basketball coach. Born and raised in Belleville, Michigan, Ivan is a graduate of Mercyhurst University-Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania. Ivan …

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New director of Allied Health at Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Community College welcomes Carol Naccarato as the director of the Allied Health Division/medical assistant program director. A native of Detroit, Naccarato was raised in the Detroit Downriver area and grew up in Wyandotte, Michigan. She received associate degrees in both nursing and medical assisting from Glen Oaks; a bachelor’s in nursing from Spring Arbor University; a bachelor’s in …

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St Joseph ISD approved 2015-16 calendar

St. Joseph County’s Intermediate School District Board last week approved the 2015-16 operating calendar that officials said is in close alignment with the countywide shared-services calendar. Due to a late Labor Day date of Sept. 7, Michigan public schools will not open until Sept. 8, pushing back the end of the school year to June 9, 2016. ISD will not …

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TR school board members file appeal

A trio of Three Rivers Board of Education members subject to a recall has filed an appeal to St. Joseph County Circuit Court regarding the result of a clarity/factual hearing last month. The three – Waneta Truckey, Carl Barth and board president Mike Bosma – filed the appeal around noon Monday, the final day of a 10-day window they had …

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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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