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Rotary names Educator of the Year

A seven-year teacher at Hoppin Elementary was named the recipient of the annual Three Rivers Rotary Club’s “Educator of the Year.” Danielle Bent was announced as the award winner last week. Committee members said Bent’s recognition was based on a number of factors, including her continuous encouragement to respect and be kind to others. As an example, committee members noted …

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ISD President announces resignation

After serving 10 years on the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District Board, president Sally Boeschenstein is resigning. Boeschenstein said her resignation will be in effect June 30. A Three Rivers-area resident, Boeschenstein said she and her husband are planning more travel next year and she said it is unfair to the board to hold the position. Filling Boeschenstein’s position …

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Several Sturgis School Board seats up for election

Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education will have five seats on the November election ballot. There are three six-year terms, one four-year term and one two-year term. Information for anyone interested in seeking a position is available at the superintendent’s office or by calling 659-1502. To be eligible to run for a school board position, a person must be a …

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Constantine names elementary principals

Christina Bainbridge has been named principal at Eastside Elementary School in Constantine, and Darrin Vandenberg will serve as principal at Riverside Elementary School. Their appointments, which are in effect next month, were made Monday by members of the Constantine Public Schools Board of Education. Bainbridge succeeds Jessica Barth, who will become the district’s athletic director at the end of the …

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GOCC celebrates graduation

Glen Oaks Community College celebrated its 48th graduation ceremony Friday, when nearly 200 certificates or degrees were awarded to 175 students. College officials said 113 people took part in the ceremony. According to data compiled by the college, the average graduate is 26 1/2 years old, with the youngest graduate 18 years of age and the oldest, 66. The average …

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State House approves Detroit school reforms

State Rep. Aaron Miller has voted for a legislative package to institute sweeping reforms for Detroit Public Schools. Miller, who serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, said without the changes, DPS could go bankrupt, leaving the state responsible for more than $3 billion in debt. He said the finances of the new Community District will be under strict state …

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Board terminates contract of Michigan school’s president

The board of a college in southwestern Michigan has voted to terminate the contract of the school’s new president because of unapproved spending and improper management. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph and WSJM-AM report the decision about Jennifer Spielvogel followed a hearing Thursday at Lake Michigan College, near Benton Harbor. Trustees cited policy violations, a lack of professionalism and more …

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Michigan State senior puts parking tickets on graduation cap

A graduating senior at Michigan State University has used parking tickets to decorate her green graduation cap in the form of a Spartan block “S.” Kaila Davidson, who graduates Saturday, got 10 parking tickets during her senior year. The tickets are paid off. Davidson says she was going to throw them away, but she “figured, why not do something fun …

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High school students recognized for driving safety efforts

High school students in southwestern Michigan have taken top honors statewide for the school’s campaign to stop distracted driving and boost seat belt use. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says Thursday that students at Sturgis High School were recognized for their efforts to educate classmates. The “Strive For a Safer Drive” campaign is presented by the safety office …

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School millage request passes in Mendon

Mendon Community Schools’ request to renew 18 non-homestead operating mills was endorsed by more than two-thirds of the voters who participated in Tuesday’s election. The unofficial total shows 339 votes in support and 149 opposed. At stake was more than $900,000 in annual funding, a substantial portion of the district’s $5.3 million budget. Board of education president Regina Schinker said …

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