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Millage request approved in Mendon

By a two-to-one margin, Mendon Community Schools voters approved a 1-mill increase request Tuesday. Unofficial results from the county clerk’s office show a tally of 314 in favor of the $9.3 million request versus 160 voters opposed. Board of education president Roger Cupp, Superintendent Rob Kuhlman and Mendon Pride Committee chairman Jim Fassett were unanimous in saying the district’s voters …

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Faculty & staff honored

Twenty- four faculty and staff members were recently honored by Glen Oaks Community College. Totaling a combined 330 years of service to the school, the employees were recognized at the Winter Semester All-College meeting. Thirty-five-year recipients were James McNeil and Robin Weekly. Kathleen Patrick was honored for her 25-year milestone. Honored for 20 years of employment were Ed Chobot, Barbara …

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Applicants for superintendent

Four principals, a superintendent and two curriculum directors made the first cut for the job of superintendent of Colon Community Schools. The district last week narrowed its field of 19 applicants to eight people, though one withdrew her candidacy. The position will offer a base salary of between $95,000 and $105,000 annually. Board of education president Ernie Baker said he …

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Tuition increase at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame is raising undergraduate tuition by 3.8 percent to more than $46,000 next school year. The school says the percentage increase is the same as in recent years. With average room and board rates of more than $13,000, total student charges for 2014-15 will be about $59,500. Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, thanked parents …

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Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year

A Sturgis resident has been awarded the honor of Citizen Corps Coordinator of the Year. Sturgis Police Deputy Chief David Ives said Jim Cook, a retired CAD instructor from Glen Oaks Community College, was selected from nominations across the state. He was presented a plaque during a recent meeting of the 5th District Homeland Security in Kalamazoo. Cook heads the …

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Kazoo student has tuberculosis

Officials plan to test about 300 students and staff at Kalamazoo Central High School after a male student was found to have tuberculosis. Testing will begin Monday. Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services official Linda Vail says the chances that others at the school contracted tuberculosis are “very, very slim.” Public schools Superintendent Michael Rice says staff members were told …

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Fight at Loy Norrix High School

A half-dozen female students have been arrested following a fight at a Kalamazoo high school. Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice says “six girls got into a fight and wouldn’t stop.” Loy Norrix High School has a police liaison officer. Rice says Kalamazoo city police also were needed to help break up the Thursday morning skirmish.  (AP)

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Choosing candidates for superintendent

Members of the Colon Community Schools Board of Education have agreed to whittle a list of 19 superintendent candidates to eight or nine finalists by next week. Board president Ernie Baker during Monday’s monthly board meeting suggested the measure as a way of working with a manageable number of candidates to succeed Lloyd Kirby, who retired in August. The board …

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School District asking for restoration of mills

The St. Joseph County Intermediate School District has authorized a May 6 request to restore nearly three-tenths of a mill to the maximum rate of 2.75 mills previously approved by the county’s voters. The restoration of the Headlee Reduction request fell by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent last August. At stake is more than $633,000 to be …

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Senior to earn a prestigious award

Marcellus High School senior Steven McKenzie is one of 32 athletes in the state to earn a prestigious award. McKenzie was named a Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete. School officials said there were more than 1,700 applicants this year and McKenzie was one of two class D male athletes to earn the award. The recognition is based on …

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