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Three Rivers named award-winning school

Three Rivers High School has been named an award-winning school by U.S. News and World Report. The publication named the high school a bronze-level winner in the “America’s Best High School 2015” contest. A number of factors are used to determine which schools qualify at which level, Principal Carrie Balk said. In the case of Three Rivers, it has improved …

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Bennett named School Board President

A 10-year board of education member in Three Rivers was named its president Monday. Pete Bennett, 62, was nominated and ultimately selected to serve as leader of the seven-member panel. He takes over the duty from Waneta Truckey, who inherited the role after Mike Bosma last summer gave it up but remained on the board. Susan Schmidtendorff was chosen vice …

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TR Cares begins collecting signatures in recall effort

A Cass County judge did not take action on an appeal regarding the effort to recall three members of the Three Rivers school board. With the 40-day window for circuit court Judge Michael Dodge closed, organizers of the attempted recall against Pete Bennett, Diana DeGraaf and Erin Nowak started collecting petition signatures Saturday. Dodge in early December was assigned the …

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TR Cares attorney issued cease-and-desist order

The attorney representing the leader of the grass-roots group TR Cares issued a cease-and-desist order to Three Rivers Community Schools Superintendent Jean Logan. Kelly Ward – whose client, Sherrie Nowicki, sought the directive – issued the two-page notice to Logan Monday. Nowicki read the order to board members during a special meeting Tuesday morning to deal with two student-expulsion matters. …

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TRHS awarded safe driving grant

A team of Three Rivers High School students was awarded a grant allowing them to lead a campaign aimed at safe driving in winter weather. The Wildcats Weathering Winter program runs through February and feature three student-led events. The campaign kickoff will introduce the team and its goal. The phase includes driving facts mentioned during morning announcements. Next is a …

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TRMS named grant recipient

Three Rivers Middle School has been selected as one of four partners in the Promoting Adolescent Reading Model Demonstration Project, a program offered through the Michigan Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative. Funded through the U.S. Department of Education, the grant focuses on improving reading outcomes for adolescent students, according to Three Rivers superintendent Jean Logan. The four-year project is …

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Several concerns expressed to school board

Concerns ranging from an ongoing recall process to police presence at school were expressed by audience members who addressed the Three Rivers board of education at its meeting earlier this week. During the public-comment portion of Monday’s session, TR Cares leader Sherrie Nowicki raised the issue of an appeal filed Nov. 30 by a trio of board members targeted for …

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School board considers cost to pursue millage request

Members of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education may have to do some additional budgeting if one or a pair of election-related matters winds up before voters early next year. Superintendent Jean Logan during Monday’s board meeting said if the board decides to pursue a millage request in March, the special election will cost the district about $2,000. …

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Logan deemed effective

Three Rivers Community Schools Superintendent Jean Logan was given a rating of “effective” for the 2014-15 academic year. The district’s second-year superintendent was acknowledged for her progressive efforts that include a positive attitude, focus on student achievement, listening skills and self-improvement as a leader. Members of the district’s board of education discussed the evaluation Monday. According to a summary of …

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Community Foundation announces new scholarship

The Three Rivers Area Community Foundation has announced the creation of the Ralph and Phyllis Bence Scholarship Fund. The fund will award a scholarship of $1,000 annually, to be used by the recipient to fund higher education based on academic merit. Preference will be given to a Three Rivers Community Schools graduate. The Ralph and Phyllis Bence Scholarship Fund was …

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