SW Michigan

6:38 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commissioners get 2% raises

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Rejecting increase would have required a two-thirds vote of the commission
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Members of the Kalamazoo City Commission will receive a 2 percent raise starting Jan. 18. Kalamazoo's mayoral salary will increase from $9,500 to $9,690 a year, the vice mayoral salary will increase from $8,000 to $8,160 a year and commissioners' salaries will increase from $7,000 to $7,140, after determination from the Local Officers' Compensation Commission.
6:27 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Storm leaves schools with little wiggle room on snow days

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Another major storm could force school districts to make up time
The arctic storm that rung in the new year clogged streets and brought temperatures so cold that school officials said it would be unsafe for kids to wait outside for buses. And so Wintermageddon 2014 ate up many of the days schools are allowed to cancel classes because of weather, leaving little wiggle room to avoid canceled breaks or extended school years with weeks of winter still to come.
6:09 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission approves $143-million budget

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Property tax rates unchanged, but some fees will increase under spending plan
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission on Monday adopted a $143-million budget for 2014, one that Commissioner Bob Cinabro called "tempered and well-disciplined." City commissioners voted 6-0 to adopt the budget along with a $54 million General Fund budget. City Commissioner Stephanie Moore was absent.
9:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Michigan's increase in pre-school funding was largest in nation in 2013

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Michigan Education Association says increase was positive, but state needs steady stream of funding support
LANSING -- The $65 million Gov. Rick Snyder put toward expanding preschool access across Michigan last year was the largest spending increase in the country, the Education Commission of the States said Monday. Snyder expanded the Great Start Readiness Program's budget by 59.5 percent for 2013, which was the fourth-largest percentage increase, but the $65 million allocation was the largest dollar figure expansion nationwide.
9:23 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Randy Van Antwerp elected president of Portage School Board

Lead in text: 
Bo Snyder vice president, Rusty Rathburn board secretary
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Randy Van Antwerp has been elected president of the Portage Public Schools Board of Education, succeeding Bo Snyder who was chosen as the new vice president. The Portage school board organizational meeting Monday marked the first gathering of 2014 and board members said they were confident that Van Antwerp, who has been on the board since 2009, will lead them into a good year.

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