Three Rivers

Recall petition wording approved by judge

The St. Joseph County Election Commission ruled Wednesday that wording in petitions to recall a trio of Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education members showed sufficient clarity in stating the reasons for the attempted recall of Diana DeGraaf, Pete Bennett and Erin Nowak. At the conclusion of the 20-minute session at the county courthouse, commission chair and probate judge …

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TR Cares plans further recall effort

Members of the group TR Cares plan to assemble a slate of candidates for the local school board and a county position in elections next year. During what was promoted as a town-hall meeting Tuesday at the JOCO Center in Three Rivers, attorney Kelly Ward addressed more than 60 people who heard a recap of the timeline related to an …

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New duties for school board members

Three members of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education were assigned new positions this week. With Waneta Truckey stepping in as board president after Mike Bosma last month gave up the post but remains on the board, Pete Bennett was named vice president, Carl Barth treasurer and Erin Nowak secretary. The new duties were decided Monday.

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Judge makes ruling regarding school board recall

A lawsuit against county clerk Lindsay Oswald and the fate of a recall effort targeting three members of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education appears to have come to a simultaneous end. A conference hearing Friday before Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Alexander Lipsey resulted in the conclusion that Oswald acted impartially when she dismissed signatures from the …

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Bosman resigns from Board President position

The Three Rivers board of education has a new president. Waneta Truckey was named to the post after Mike Bosma indicated during Monday’s meeting his resignation from the position. Bosma, however, will remain on the board but in the capacity of a trustee. Truckey, the board’s vice president prior to her promotion, was elected to the seven-member panel in 2004. …

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TR Cares files lawsuit against county clerk

A Three Rivers-based group seeking to recall a trio of Three Rivers board of education members filed suit Thursday against St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald. Attorney Kelly Ward, representing TR Cares, said Oswald failed to properly fulfill her duties in the signature-verification stage of the procedure. Oswald last week said after a full review of the signatures on petitions …

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New faces throughout St Joseph County schools

Tuesday’s first day of classes in St. Joseph County schools brought with it a number of changes and new faces to its nine public school districts. Two new superintendents are in place, as former Constantine High School Principal Christine Barnes stepped in as chief of Colon Community Schools. Meanwhile, former Three Rivers superintendent Roger Rathburn will oversee Mendon Community Schools …

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School board recall – Not enough valid signatures

A recall effort in which a trio of Three Rivers Board of Education members has been targeted appears to have reached a conclusion. County clerk Lindsay Oswald said the minimum number of valid signatures required for the recall to appear before voters in the November election fell short on all three petitions. A minimum of 1,165 valid signatures was necessary …

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Interim administrators contracts approved

The contracts of two administrators were approved during Monday’s Three Rivers Board of Education meeting. Nikki Nash will serve as interim principal at Three Rivers Middle School, while Ben McIntyre will be the interim principal at Andrews Elementary. Nash, 40, spent nine years as a third-grade teacher at Andrews and the past four as its principal. Her salary as interim …

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TR Cares addresses alleged threats at Board meeting

The leader of a group supporting a recall of three board of education members in Three Rivers alleged that a board member has been making threats and creating a “hit list” against staff. Sherrie Nowicki addressed the board during its Monday meeting. She said employee morale is low and the district’s credibility is suffering as the result of a board …

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