Education

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- Western Michigan University is seeking support from Kalamazoo County as the institution plans a massive expansion of its business technology and research park in Oshtemo Township. Representatives from WMU, Oshtemo and Southwest Michigan First spoke with Kalamazoo County commissioners Tuesday about partnering to secure $3.5 million to fund infrastructure installation and land preparation on 44 acres of Colony Farms Orchard, land owned by WMU at the northwest corner of Drake Road and Parkview Avenue near the existing business park. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

LANSING -- The Michigan State Board of Education condemned Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to move the School Reform Office out of their control, saying it violates the Michigan Constitution. "We believe that the Executive Order 2015-9, signed by Governor Rick Snyder on March 12, 2015, violates the State Constitution by stripping the State Superintendent of his/her authority to execute the policies of the State Board of Education," the statement read. (MLive)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A small-caliber handgun discharged in a Loy Norrix bathroom on Tuesday, resulting in a lockdown at Loy Norrix High School, Kalamazoo Public Schools reported in a press release. "The persons involved have been identified and the weapon has been confiscated," the release said. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Several elementary schools may be on the chopping block at Battle Creek Public Schools as the district says it looks to tackle declining enrollment and rising costs. During the Board of Education’s meeting on Monday, Superintendent Linda Hicks said a group of more than 35 staff members and administrators has been meeting regularly over the past month to discuss the possibility of a consolidation plan. It has reviewed finances, student counts, building infrastructure, use of space and other details as part of the process. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- More students are graduating on time from Kalamazoo Public Schools, according to new state data, but the district continues to lag behind state averages. Data for the Class of 2014 shows that 69 percent of students who entered ninth grade in fall 2010 graduated on time four years later, while 13 percent dropped out and most of the remaining 18 percent were still in school. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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