Schools

Remote-work policy approved at Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees recently approved a remote-work policy for employees in remote-eligible positions. Since the pandemic, there has been a surge in businesses and organizations allowing remote work positions across the country, college officials said. The policy, developed by the school’s human resources department, cites several criteria as a guide as to whether a position is …

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Induction ceremony at Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Community College recently held a ceremony to celebrate a national observance honoring academically sound students who are first-generation college students. A Tri-Alpha induction ceremony was held in the Dresser Business Development Center. The chapter is an honorary society for first-generation college students who have a 3.2 grade-point average or higher and have completed at least 30 college credits. …

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Fundraiser for Linsey Wolff

Organizers of Centreville’s annual Christmas parade and celebration are appealing to the public for help raising funds to benefit a local elementary school teacher. Centreville’s Hometown Christmas Committee, its Covered Bridge Days Committee and its Downtown Development Authority are teaming up to organize a raffle to aid Centreville Elementary third-grade teacher Linsey Wolff. Wolff last month was diagnosed with breast …

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School board election results

A trio of candidates ran for one partial-term membership to the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education. The three, Jack Coleman, Nichole Cover and Anne Riopel, were write-in candidates and the winner had not been determined as of late Tuesday night. The term expires at the end of 2024. Meanwhile, five people ran for four seats to Centreville Public …

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Renovation project at Glen Oaks

Members of Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees received an update Thursday regarding the college’s southside campus renovation project. Jeremiah Hatfield, of Fort Wayne-based Design Collaborative, reviewed a plan that includes renovation of the gymnasium entry, locker rooms, weight room, Nora Hagen Theater and allied health. Hatfield said the goal is to transform outdated environments into functional, accessible and welcoming spaces, …

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Contract renewal for ISD superintendent

St. Joseph County Intermediate School District superintendent Teresa Belote has been rated “highly effective” by the district’s board of education. Board president Elizabeth O’Dell said it was unanimously decided that Belote’s job performance was extremely effective and that her contract should be extended. Board members noted that Belote is an effective and efficient communicator, O’Dell said. Belote was acknowledged for …

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School district makes masks mandatory after community vote

Masks are mandatory in a southwestern Michigan school district after officials set the policy in an unusual way: They took a vote of the people. Parents, guardians and staff in the Pennfield district voted for masks, starting Monday and lasting through Feb. 18. There were 1,041 votes, and about 58% were in favor. Masks to reduce the risk of COVID-19 …

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TR Schools – Virtual learning in some buildings

Three Rivers Community Schools interim superintendent Nikki Nash said three of the district’s six schools will switch from in-person learning to a virtual format starting today and lasting through next week. Students at the district’s high school, middle school and Hoppin Elementary will return to in-person learning Jan. 31. Nash said the district in the past few weeks has seen …

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MSU to require vaccination proof or negative test for events

Michigan State University now is requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to attend athletic, music, art and theater events on the East Lansing campus. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event will be required of all attendees ages 12 and older, the university said. Persons who cannot provide …

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Student-satisfaction survey at Glen Oaks

Results of a student-satisfaction survey were recently reviewed by the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees. Tammy Russell, executive director of institutional planning, assessment and research for the college, presented the findings. About 25 percent of Glen Oaks students participated in the survey. Russell explained approximately 59,000 students across the nation participated in the Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, …

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