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WP Purchased 2 School Buses

Members of the White Pigeon Community Schools Board of Education agreed last week to purchase a pair of school buses. The two vehicles will come with a total price tag of about $143,000 and will be added to the district’s 14-bus fleet in the fall. After a motion to approve two new buses failed to garner a second, the board …

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WP Schools Hoping For Millage Renewal

Members of the White Pigeon Community Schools Board of Education were presented a list of priorities to address if an impending millage renewal is approved. Eric Hackman, from Kalamazoo-based engineering and architecture firm Tower Pinkster Titus Associates Inc., told board members Wednesday that infrastructure-related work at Central Elementary School should take place first. The potential work is contingent on a …

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Sturgis Schools Receives Gift

  Sturgis Public Schools was the recipient of a $37,000 gift from the estate of Winifred Chipman. The donation was made in 1994 and pledged at the time to the Sturgis Community Schools Council. The council no longer exists, so district officials agreed to have the money split three ways, with nearly $14,900 each going to Sturgis Public Schools and …

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Successful Meet-n-Greet

A joint workshop staged Monday by board of education members from Mendon Community Schools and Centreville Public Schools was described by district officials as a meet-and-greet event. Rob Kuhlman, who serves as superintendent of both districts, said the Mendon board has two new members and Centreville three new members since he assumed the job prior to the start of the …

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Faculty Recognized At GOCC

Glen Oaks Community College recently recognized 30 faculty members who observed milestone anniversaries for their years of employment at the Centreville-area college. Collectively, the group represented 330 years of employment at Glen Oaks. The most-senior employee recognized was library technician Judy Fetch, who has logged 30 years as a Glen Oaks employee. In addition three employees honored for 25 years …

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Students Named To SMC Honors Lists

These are the local students named to Southwestern Michigan College honors lists. On the Presidents List is Nicklas Barber, Michael Middleton, Nicholas Neppach of Constantine; Erin Brown, Zachary Gunther, Peter Steinkraus of Marcellus. On the Dean’s List is Amber Fries, Carlos Hidalgo, Kelsey Holmes, Jennifer Jones, Jonathan Morris of Constantine; Derek Bent, Corianne Fisher, Cari Gassett, Robert Ross of Jones; Jessica High, Christine …

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Operation Reindeer Successful

Staff members of the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District made a brighter Christmas for 14 local families of its students. Dubbed “Operation Reindeer,” the project ensures families of ISD students would not only receive gifts for the holiday, but a supply of household items such as toothpaste, laundry soap, shampoo, paper towels, tooth brushes and deodorant. ISD staff members …

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TR Schools: Positive Audit

Three Rivers Community Schools recently received a positive annual audit. Superintendent Roger Rathburn and board members were told by CPA Michael Wilson that the district is in good financial position. He noted that the district’s fund balance is more than $5 million, which represents more than 20 percent of its annual expenditures. In addition, Wilson said the district ended its …

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New Special Ed Principal

The St. Joseph County Intermediate School District has hired Stephanie Clark as special-education principal. The move this week means Cheryl Riley will follow through on her plan to step down as interim principal. Clark, meanwhile, was officially in charge of the position this past Monday. Clark is an 11-year veteran with the ISD, serving as a teacher consultant for the …

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John Oster Award For Happel

Ann Happel, a Title One teacher at Eastwood Elementary School in Sturgis has been named the recipient of the 2011 John Oster Award. The award was established in 1981 by JoEllen Oster as a tribute to her late husband and recognizes teacher excellence at Sturgis Public Schools. Happel was honored for her devoted effort to develop and implement a number …

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