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Miller plans school visits

State Rep. Aaron Miller, a high school teacher by trade, plans a busy month of March to help promote March Is Reading Month. Miller plans on reading to students in five different St. Joseph County school districts at various points during the month. His itinerary includes March 2 at Eastwood School in Sturgis; March 6 at Colon Elementary; March 9 …

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Glen Oaks officers continue for another year

Glen Oaks Community College’s Board of Trustees agreed last week to support the existing slate of officers for another year. David Allen will remain chairperson and Nancy Percival will remain vice-chairperson. Bruce Gosling continues as treasurer and James Moshier will remain secretary. The board also voted unanimously to extend the contract of Glen Oaks president David Devier for one more …

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Michigan snow, freezing temps, pile up closings for schools

This winter’s icy grip has some in the Michigan Legislature arguing once again that the state should allow schools more than six days for closures before they must make up the time. Schools are required by state law to provide at least 175 days of instruction each school year. Schools can be closed for up to six days, or the …

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Glen Oaks agrees to privatize bookstore

Glen Oaks Community College’s Board of Trustees has agreed to a contract with Follett Higher Education Group Inc. to privatize bookstore services. James O’Connor, vice president of sales and operations, said Follett operates 945 campus stores internationally, has 1,500 e-commerce sites and plans to invest more than $ 250 million in the business over the next 36 months. Follett offers …

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Grand Rapids students raise 125 baby chicks

Students at Blandford Middle School were hard at work last week taking care of 125 baby chickens for their egg business. The high-achieving Grand Rapids Public Schools’ theme school offers 60 sixth-graders a unique hands-on learning experience, according to The Grand Rapids Press. The classroom is as much the surrounding ponds and woods as it is the school building. Cheri …

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Punishment looms for students who vandalized ski resorts

University of Michigan officials say they’ll take action against six fraternities and sororities involved in the vandalism of two ski reports in Gaylord and Harbor Springs. Members of the campus community are condemning the events that took place Jan. 16 to 18 at Treetops and Boyne resorts, where students collectively caused nearly $125,000 in damage. They say the students’ poor …

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Sturgis revises daily schedule

With nine snow days already in the books – three more than the state allows – Sturgis Public Schools will introduce a revised daily schedule that goes into effect next week. Every building in the district will add 20 minutes daily as a way of not extending the school year. Superintendent Tom Langdon said Michigan public schools are granted six …

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Three Rivers voters will decide on sinking-fund

Voters in the Three Rivers Community Schools district will decide later this year whether to support a 1.95 mill, sinking-fund request. District officials on Monday agreed to put the measure before voters during the May 5 vote. If approved, the request would generate an estimated $9.9 million over its eight-year life. The proposal would cost the owner of a house …

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Mendon junior honored in December

A Mendon High School junior was the recipient of a prestigious honor recently at the annual Winter Beef Classic in East Lansing. Ty Cool competed in the heifer showmanship event, along with showing his own stock in other classes. Cool received the Michigan Junior Livestock Society’s senior division Showman Award as well as the coveted Supreme Champion Heifer Showman. Staged …

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Constantine police will monitor reckless driving near high school

Constantine Police Chief Mark Honeysett said an area near Constantine High School will see a greater presence in response to complaints about reckless driving by students at the end of the school day. Honeysett said complaints stem from the manner students operate their vehicles on Falcon Drive and Riverside Drive. Honeysett said he has sent a letter to parents of …

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