6:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Benton Harbor School Board Approves Deficit Reduction Plan

If voters don't approve bond proposal for consolidated school, the district will have to find other ways to reduce spending
BENTON HARBOR - A 10-year Financial Operating Plan, which would eliminate the Benton Harbor school district's $15 million debt, was unanimously approved by school board trustees Thursday. The plan is based on several assumptions, including that voters approve in May a $52 million bond proposal to build a new consolidated school
6:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Portage School Board Trustee Ted Hartridge Dies

Hartridge was elected to the school board in 2011. He previously served on the board from 1999-2000
PORTAGE, MI - Theodore "Ted" Hartridge, a member of the Portage Public Schools Board of Education, business owner and active in the community, is remembered as a man passionate about his family, life and education. Hartridge, 66, died Saturday following a long fight with cancer.
6:18 am
Thu January 29, 2015

KRESA Weighs Whether to Move Ahead With Special Education Request

Statewide ballot question on raising sales tax could complicate Kalamazoo County election
PORTAGE, MI -- In November, 72 percent of Kalamazoo County voters surveyed supported raising the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency's special education tax by 1.5 mills for six years. That support is now at 48 percent -- a drop of 24 points in two months, according to a new survey.
6:07 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Mattawan Superintendent to Step Down at End of Year

Bird has led the district since 2009
MATTAWAN, MI -- Patrick Bird, superintendent of Mattawan Consolidated School since 2009, has told the Mattawan school board that he will be stepping down from his job in December 2015. "It's time," Bird told the Kalamazoo Gazette in a phone interview. "I'm just ready.
6:56 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Some Area School Districts Close to Limit on Snow Days

District officials say school year may have to be extended
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
CONSTANTINE, MI - The calendar says we're not even halfway through winter, but some school districts in Southwest Michigan are on the verge of having to extend the 2014-15 academic year due to winter-weather closings. Constantine Public Schools has cancelled class five days, and has just one snow day left before it will have to extend the school year to meet minimum instructional requirements.