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New middle school principal in Constantine

Constantine Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday to offer a contract to Jim Wiseley as principal at the middle school. Wisley was one of two finalists interviewed at the meeting; the other was Kristina Crabill. Wiseley worked as a teacher and coach at Gobles Public Schools. He later went into administration and was hired as assistant principal and athletic …

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Sturgis superintendent rated highly effective

Sturgis Public Schools governance team recently completed an evaluation of Superintendent Art Ebert. The board assessed Ebert in 11 areas, including student growth, mission and vision, goals and expectations, processes and procedures, internal and external stakeholder relations, and communications and media relations. The board rated Ebert effective in five of the focus areas and highly effective in six of the focus areas, …

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Centreville superintendent receives board evaluation

The Centreville school board has rated superintendent Stephanie Lemmer “highly effective” and extended her contract through 2021. The 37-year-old Lemmer received an overall evaluation score of 91 percent. Board president Jeff Troyer said that over the past year, Lemmer showed growth in labor relations and staff relations. Financial terms of Lemmer’s contract call for a two percent base salary increase, to …

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New staff appointments at Centreville schools

Members of the Centreville Public Schools Board of Education approved some personnel matters Monday. The board approved hiring Laura Schmidt as elementary school social worker and appointed elementary librarian Mary Beals as the high school’s summer school teacher. Board members renewed coaching contracts for Shawn Hulin, girls’ track; Mike Hunter, boys’ track; Stephen Larsen, golf; and Scott Logan, softball. Baseball …

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Local schools receive robotics grants

Indiana Michigan Power has presented grants totaling nearly $40,000 to 27 teachers and schools – including 15 in Michigan – to promote education and improve student achievement. Teachers and schools receiving the grants are in the I&M service area or in communities with major I&M facilities. The “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” robotics grants are for teams …

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Glen Oaks adviser receives award

Ben Fries, an adviser at Glen Oaks Community College, recently received the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award for the Michigan region. The award, presented at the regional PTK conference at Glen Oaks, recognizes advisors who demonstrate an atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for the society’s hallmarks. He was nominated by members of the Glen Oaks chapter. Fries, …

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Glen Oaks professor receives award

Michelle McNamara, professor of communications at Glen Oaks Community College, has been selected to receive the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Conference Scholarship. McNamara is one of five recipients in the nation to receive the award, which reflects NISOD’s mission of promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical …

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Sturgis selects new principal

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education has selected Nick Herblet as principal at Sturgis High School. Herblet has 10 years of experience in educational administration as Lakeview Community Schools assistant principal/ athletic director, Ithaca Public Schools assistant principal/athletic director, Sturgis High School assistant principal, and Congress and Wenzel elementary principal. Prior to his career in educational administration, he worked nine …

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Sturgis Schools discontinue Fawn River School lease

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday to discontinue the lease at the former Fawn River School and prepare the property for sale. Ray Sterling, director of finance for the district, said it was recommended by the finance committee not to renew the lease at the property for the 2019-20 school year. That lease expires June 30, at which time the …

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Sturgis High School principal to retire

After 22 years working in education, Sturgis High School Principal Ron Ehlers has announced he is retiring. His last day will be June 30. District officials said Ehlers has been a strong advocate for students. They hope to fill the position by July 1, as it was posted last week internally and externally. The selection process will include application screening, …

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