Schools

Centreville Public Schools – Upgrades continue

The third of a three-phase construction process began last week at Centreville Public Schools. Superintendent Stephanie Lemmer said the work started Friday and the scope of work will be broad and impact both of the district’s two buildings. By a 3-to-2 margin, voters in the 750-student district approved a November 2013, $12.8 million request to finance a variety of improvements …

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Grants for Glen Oaks students

Nearly 370 students attending Glen Oaks Community College this semester will receive federal emergency grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. While the process of awarding grants is almost complete for this semester, any remaining funds will be available to assist students enrolled over the summer as well. …

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Michigan launches tuition-free program for adults 25 and up

Michigan on Tuesday began accepting applications for tuition-free assistance from adults 25 and older to earn an associate’s degree or postsecondary certificate at a community college or private training school. The Michigan Reconnect program is being supported with an initial $30 million in state funding, enough to cover approximately 30,000 people. Applicants must be at least 25, have lived in …

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Whitmer: Schools should offer in-person classes by March 1

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is strongly encouraging all K-12 schools in Michigan to reopen for in-person instruction by March 1. She stopped short of requiring it Friday, but said face-to-face classes should at least be an option. Many schools, including in large districts such as Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, have been fully remote during the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers are among …

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Glen Oaks moves more classes online

In an effort to safeguard its campus from COVID-19 for winter semester, Glen Oaks Community College is moving a larger percentage of its in-seat classes to online or hybrid formats. The college’s coronavirus task force made the decision recently following an uptick in COVID-19 cases in St. Joseph County. There is potential for an increase in positive cases and additional …

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Annual evaluation for TR superintendent

The superintendent of Three Rivers Community Schools has received a rating of “effective” by the district’s board of education. Third-year superintendent Ron Moag received results of the annual evaluation last week. Standards for the evaluation come from practices recommended by the Michigan Association of School Boards and takes into account several aspects of the superintendent’s job. Moag’s cumulative score placed …

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TR football – Players named to all-conference team

Despite a team that finished with one win in seven games this abbreviated season, Three Rivers High School’s varsity football team placed six people on the all-conference team. The Wildcats receiving recognition by the Wolverine Conference as first-team all-conference members are offensive lineman Jacob Reynolds, defensive lineman Luke Stasiuk and punter/place kicker Brayden Selent. Reynolds is a sophomore, Stasiuk and …

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School board election

Three Rivers Community Schools chose four people from a field of six candidates to its board of education. Newcomers Melissa Bliss and Ben Karle will join incumbents Julia Awe and Anne Riopel to six-year terms on the board. Meanwhile, incumbent Fred Barclay was unsuccessful in his bid for re-election to White Pigeon Community Schools Board of Education. Instead, Jeff Baechler …

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MSU frats, sororities ordered to quarantine for 2 weeks

A county on Monday ordered a two-week quarantine for 23 fraternities and sororities and seven large rental houses near Michigan State University following a coronavirus outbreak that a local health official said was turning into a “crisis.” The quarantine, which is mandatory, means students or others living in the buildings cannot leave except for medical care or necessities that cannot …

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Whitmer opposes making schools offer in-person classes

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was unreceptive Tuesday to Republican-passed legislation that would require public schools to offer in-person instruction to students in kindergarten through fifth grade amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor’s comments came after several districts announced they would start the academic year solely with distance learning regardless of whether Whitmer moves the rest of Michigan into phase five …

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