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2:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

WMU's School of Music Gets New Director

WMU School of Music Director Bradley Wong
Credit WMU University Relations

Western Michigan's School of Music has a new director. Bradley Wong replaced former director David Colson earlier this month.

Wong, who is a professor of music, joined Western's faculty 30 years ago as a professor of clarinet. Colson returns to the faculty after heading the School of Music for the last seven years.

Wong is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earlier attended the Interlochen First Arts Academy. He's also been a member of the Western Wind Quintet.

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12:12 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Correction: Harper Creek Passes Budget With Surplus

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Board also appointed Curriculum Director as Interim Superintendent
The Harper Creek Board of Education approved a $22 million budget for the 2014-15 school year Monday night that projects a surplus of $211,212. The board worked for months to pare more than a $1 million shortfall after increases in expenditures for transportation, utility bills and building expenses that exceeded $400,000 this year.
12:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New Budget Approved for Portage Schools

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Expenses are up, mostly due to retirement costs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - A boost in state aid helps increase the 2014-15 Portage Public Schools budget, but like all school districts PPS continues to wrestle with rising retirement costs. The Portage Board of Education Monday approved the new budget that kicks in July 1 after finance director Karla Colestock detailed the good news-bad news money picture for the $83,586,997 general fund blueprint, up from $80,391,633 in 2013-14.
10:35 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Demolition of old Portage Administration Building Delayed Until Next Week

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Administration building was closed in 2012 and district offices were moved into Waylee Elementary School
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Demolition of the former Portage Public Schools Administration Building that was slated to begin Monday has been delayed until next week. Ronald Herron, Portage schools assistant superintendent of operations, said a delay in getting the necessary permits for demolition from the state has resulted in razing the building later than anticipated.
7:22 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Mattawan School Board Moves Forward With Bond Issue for November Ballot

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School Board will vote later this summer on finalized proposal to go before voters
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
MATTAWAN, MI --The Mattawan Consolidated School Board of Education tentatively decided Monday to put two bond requests on the November ballot totaling $75 million to $80 million. If both requests are approved, it would provide money to replace both elementaries schools; construct additions at the middle and high school to alleviate overcrowding; upgrade technology, and purchase new school buses.

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