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Centreville accepts superintendent contract

Centreville Public Schools made official this week the employment of its next superintendent. Board members Monday offered and officially accepted a contract with Stephanie Lemmer. A Portage native, Lemmer will replace Rob Kuhlman after he concludes a seven-year tenure as superintendent in June. Lemmer, 34, has served as director of Head Start at Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency since 2013. …

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Falkenstein resigns from GOCC board

Mary Lou Falkenstein, citing health reasons, tendered her resignation from the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees. Her resignation will take effect March 20. Falkenstein served on the board for 4 1/2 years. Thursday, a $500 scholarship was announced to be awarded to a Glen Oaks student during the 2017-18 school year in her honor. GOCC is looking to …

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Date change for Wildcats ADAPT event

The second annual Safe Driving Campaign: Wildcats ADAPT is being moved from Wednesday this week to next Wednesday, March 22. This is the third event in the campaign this year, which will feature a school assembly car crash and helicopter rescue demonstration. Three Rivers fire and a local helicopter rescue team will coordinate a car crash scene and helicopter landing …

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Three Rivers wins district title

The Three Rivers boy’s basketball team picked up a 67-63 victory over Paw Paw Saturday night in the district finals played at Vicksburg High School. The game was originally to be played Friday night, but a power outage on Wednesday due to high winds pushed the semifinals to Friday. Carson Charvat led the Wildcats with 19 points and 14 rebounds, Gavin Charvat …

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Sturgis teacher waived preliminary hearing

A Sturgis teacher accused of have a sexual relationship with a student waived his preliminary hearing in court last week. Keith Lang remains free after posting $150,000 bond. St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough charged Lang with one count of distributing or promoting child sexually abusive activity, one count of using a computer to commit a crime, one count of …

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Three Rivers bands seeks funds for uniforms

Three Rivers High School director of bands Bryan VanToll is appealing to the public in hopes of securing enough funding to purchase new uniforms for the school’s marching band. VanToll said a new design has been considered as part of a plan to replace 12-year-old uniforms. The cost is about $45,000 for 120 uniforms. He said an increase in band …

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Parents join Kalamazoo district’s plan to sue Michigan

Several parents are joining a planned lawsuit against Michigan’s School Reform Office over its threats to close low-performing Kalamazoo schools. Kalamazoo Public Schools and nine parents say the state office lacks the legal authority to determine if schools should close. Superintendent Michael Rice tells the Kalamazoo Gazette he plans to file the lawsuit this week in the Michigan Court of …

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Glen Oaks names new Hall of Fame members

The Glen Oaks Community College Athletic Hall of Fame will add three new members this weekend. Athletic director Courtney Ivan said Colon residents Mike Miller and Larry Engle will be joined by Mt. Pleasant resident Erin Strang during induction ceremonies this weekend. Miller has manned the school’s basketball scorer’s table for 22 years. Meanwhile, Engle also has worked the scorer’s …

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Constantine changes PE requirement

Constantine Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday to allow participation in four years of high school marching band or four seasons of sports to count for physical education credit. Currently, a half-credit of P.E. is required to graduate. Constantine High School Principal Travis Walker said the state has made the practice an acceptable policy that the district discussed last …

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Sturgis Schools approve superintendent’s retirement

Members of Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education last month approved a revised superintendent’s contract to allow Tom Langdon to retire next year. Langdon had approached the board and said he would be willing to retire March 31, 2018, with some consideration from the board to help make that happen. Board president Ann Bird said the new contract details the …

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