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Gov. Whitmer: Michigan schools closed for academic year

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered that students in the state will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead will learn remotely. All public and private schools are more than halfway through a four-week shutdown ordered by Whitmer to combat the outbreak. She said Thursday face-to-face instruction will …

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MSU says health care grads can help; deaths rise to 259

Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. State officials have made a desperate plea for health professionals to treat people as the number of virus cases rises each day. MSU says the state has created a temporary license for nurses who usually first take a national exam. Doctors from …

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Glen Oaks remains close indefinitely

Glen Oaks Community College officials said the school’s closure remains indefinite until more information about the coronavirus situation is known. College officials said there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 on the campus, but the college continues to take precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, officials said. Agricultural equipment technology classes at Burnips in Three Rivers also …

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Glen Oaks plans job fair

Barring a cancellation due to coronavirus, Glen Oaks Community College has announced details related to its 2020 St. Joseph County Job Fair. The event is scheduled 3 to 5 p.m. April 22 at the Glen Oaks gymnasium. All skill levels are encouraged to attend, as career opportunities are available in all areas. Event organizers recommend business-casual attire.

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Voters defeat Glen Oaks millage request

A millage request by Glen Oaks Community College was defeated Tuesday. By a margin of about 55 percent opposed to 45 percent in favor, the college failed in its request to secure half a mill increase over a five-year period. The request was seeking what amounted to $1 million a year and would have addressed maintenance, technology, safety and infrastructure …

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Search continues for Constantine superintendent

Constantine Public Schools Board of Education recently approved the hiring of Michigan Leadership Institute to conduct a search for a new superintendent. MLI was one of two organizations to apply for the search job. John Jarpe currently serves as interim superintendent at Constantine schools following the resignation of Steve Wilson, who was hired as superintendent at Bronson Community Schools in …

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White Pigeon – School board member appointed

Members of the White Pigeon Community Schools Board of Education appointed Leonard Hinkson to fill a seat vacated by Clayton Bell. Hinkson’s appointment will last 10 months. If he wants to serve the remaining two years of Bell’s term, he will have to be elected in November. He said he wants to support the district’s motto of “every student, every …

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New scholarship for Sturgis High School students

Officials from the Sturgis Area Community Foundation have announced establishment of a new scholarship fund to benefit Sturgis High School students, possibly as soon as this year. The Harley and Eva Pierce Memorial Scholarship was established last week in memory of longtime Sturgis residents Harley and Eva Pierce. Its purpose is to provide financial aid for college to scholar-athletes who …

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Michigan Lottery contributes $1B to school fund for first time

The Michigan Lottery has raised more than $1 billion for public schools for the first time. The lottery announced Wednesday that it contributed more than $1 billion to the school aid fund in the last fiscal year. That’s a $129 million boost over the prior year. It’s the largest one-year increase in the lottery’s 47-year history and the fifth straight …

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Glen Oaks approves millage proposal language

The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees recently approved ballot language for a millage proposal it plans to put before voters March 10. The college is asking for approval of one-half a mill for a five-year period. If approved, the increase would be used for improvements related to safety and security; energy efficiency and technology infrastructure; renovation of instructional …

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