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Sturgis teacher honored

Carol Brooks has been named the 2015 recipient of the John E. Oster Award. Brooks, who was honored this week at a meeting of Sturgis Rotary Club at Sturges-Young Auditorium, has taught at Sturgis Public Schools since 1988, the past seven years as K-2 physical education teacher. The John Oster Memorial Fund was established in 1981 by JoEllen Oster, John’s …

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Sturgis principal recognized

Nicole Airgood, principal of Sturgis’ Eastwood Elementary School, has been named the 2015 Outstanding Practicing Principal by the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. Presented to only one recipient per year, the Outstanding Practicing Principal Award recognizes principals who have exhibited extraordinary leadership, commitment to their students and faculty, service to their communities and contributions to the profession. The …

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Sturgis School Board names new member

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education has a new member, following board action during a special meeting Monday. Emily Halling was named to the position, which opened last month after David Hamlin resigned. Halling’s term will last at least until the general election in November 2016. Halling attended Sturgis Public Schools, served as a permanent substitute teacher in the district …

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Special education reserves to be split among schools

St. Joseph County’s nine public school districts will share a rebate in excess of $230,000 of 2014-15 unspent special-education reserves. St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, overseer of the county’s special education services for qualified people up to age 26, will pay the districts in three installments, according to superintendent Barb Marshall. The first payment was scheduled to take place …

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Sturgis school sees traffic control changes

Changes in school start times and bus routes are prompting a new traffic order for bus-loading and student pick-ups at Congress School in Sturgis. As a result, members of the Sturgis City Commission have approved a new traffic-control order that moves the school-bus loading zone from Walker Avenue to East Congress Street. Consequently, all remaining student pick-ups will occur on …

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Three area teams out of playoffs

Three of the area’s four state football playoff teams bowed out in the opening round of action Friday. The fourth, Constantine, pulled off an upset in topping previously unbeaten and state No. 2-ranked Schoolcraft. Constantine’s Tristian Butler kicked an overtime field goal to lift the Falcons over the Eagles, 31-28, in Division 6 action. Elsewhere, Mendon saw its 27-game win …

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