SW Michigan

12:45 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Portage Public Schools may adjust search process to ensure it complies with Open Meetings Act

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Private meetings between school board members and candidate Greg Gray have raised questions about openness of search
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Officials with Portage Public Schools say they may adjust their superintendent search process in response to concerns that the school board recently violated the state Open Meetings Act. "At no time did our trustees believe they were violating the open meetings act and there was certainly no intent to violate or circumvent the act," said a written statement issued by acting Superintendent Rob Olsen.
12:24 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

State lawmakers question safety of Education Achievement Authority schools

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Concerns about training of staff follow revelations about finances and discipline
Detroit - A day after a $6 million loan to the Education Achievement Authority from Detroit Public Schools was made public, two state lawmakers said they have concerns about student safety at EAA schools. State Sen. Coleman Young III, D-Detroit, said Friday morning he will introduce a measure that would mandate a higher level of training for contracted security workers in EAA schools.
12:09 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Portage School Board to meet Monday to discuss next step in superintendent search

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Only finalist for job Brighton Superintendent Greg Gary withdrew from the search earlier this week
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- The Portage Public Schools Board of Education had planned to meet Monday, April 29, to vote on whether to offer Greg Gray a contract as superintendent. Gray withdrew his candidacy for the job earlier this week, but the meeting is still on: Now the board needs to talk about where to go from here in finding a leader to replace Ric Perry, who resigned in January.
9:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Calhoun County jobless rate falls in March

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Seasonal hiring helps drop jobless rate for Battle Creek labor market. Unemployment rate also down over last year
The unemployment rate in Calhoun County has continued to drop, according to Michigan's Bureau of Labor Market Information. The monthly report for March, released Thursday said the county's jobless rate was 6.8 percent. That's down from 7.3 percent in February, 7.4 percent in January and 8.0 percent in March 2012.
7:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

New Michigan law allows doctors to turn in patients who shouldn't drive

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Law clarifies doctor's responsibilities when faced with a patient who has patient has vision loss, dementia or other age-related problems
A new Michigan law allows doctors to alert the Secretary of State if they think patients' medical conditions make them unsafe behind the wheel. That may be a welcome change for Michigan families whose elderly loved ones should hang up the car keys.

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