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Back to school time is here

Tuesday marks the first day of school for eight of St. Joseph County’s nine public school districts. White Pigeon Community Schools started a week ago thanks to a three-year state waiver allowing it to begin a week early. Meanwhile, Constantine Public Schools has a new superintendent, as former Riverside principal Steve Wilson replaces the now-retired Chuck Frisbie as superintendent. The …

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Enrollment has increased at Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Community College is reporting an increase in student enrollment based on its first-week numbers last week. School officials said enrollment is up 16 percent compared to the start of the 2015-16 academic year 12 months ago. Glen Oaks is one of five Michigan Community Colleges reporting enrollment increases, while most of Michigan’s community colleges are reporting continued declines …

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Three Rivers wins over Allegan

The Three Rivers football team picked up its first win of the season on Thursday night, 36-14 in Allegan. Three Rivers had a huge second quarter in the game, scoring 27 points. Tyson New led the Wildcats with 154 yards on the ground from 27 carries, he also scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Alex Minger threw for 112 yards through the …

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Michigan test scores rise, decline in subject-grade areas

Michigan students improved in slightly more than half of the grades and subjects tested on newer, more rigorous standardized assessments, but their proficiency declined in other areas. M-STEP results released Tuesday show that fewer than half of the students were proficient in 17 of 18 subject-grade tests. State officials say there’s work to be done, but they’re pleased testing times …

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GOCC Machine Shop receives new equipment

Students in the Glen Oaks Community College’s machine-tool program will now be able to work and learn on a new piece of equipment, thanks to Vaupell Midwest Molding of Constantine. Vaupell has donated an electrical-discharge machine to be housed in the newly renovated Machine Shop at the college. The donation means Vaupell is able to assist in helping educate Glen …

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Kalamazoo County homeless with children eligible for help

Some school-age children whose families were homeless have begun moving into temporary housing with funding from a property tax approved by Kalamazoo County voters. Kalamazoo residents in November approved a tax that is expected to raise about $800,000 a year for six years to provide temporary financial housing assistance and other support services. About $700,000 has been collected from winter …

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