SW Michigan

6:21 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Portage School officials question whether Human Resources Director was consulting on district time

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Patricia Koeze resigned earlier this month after it was discovered she had taken a job with a charter school in Muskegon. She's also involved in the controversy that led to former Portage Superintendent Ric Perry's resignation.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Officials at Portage Public Schools say they were not aware that Patricia Koeze, who resigned as the district's human resources director on Jan. 21, had been working since June as a $2,000-a-month consultant for WayPoint Academy, a Muskegon charter school. "We were not aware of that at all," said Rob Olsen, Portage's acting superintendent.
SW Michigan
4:25 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Kalamazoo Big Brothers Big Sisters chief resigns

Credit WMUK

The head of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Kalamazoo is stepping down after less than a year on the job. MLive Kalamazoo reports the Deb Buchholtz announced her resignation today, March 22nd. The former chairwoman of the Kalamazoo County Commission joined Big Brothers Big Sisters last July. Bucholtz says she wants to pursue new opportunities that are “closer to my small-business roots”.

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3:43 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Four Winds Casinos' owners say they contributed $35-million to Southwest Michigan's economy

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians says job creation and other ancillary benefits from the casinos and other ventures adds up to $35-million. Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the casinos as the only source of the $35-million. WMUK regrets the error.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
DOWAGIAC, MI - The owners of the Four Winds Casinos in Harford and New Buffalo announced Monday that they made nearly $35 million in contributions to the Southwest Michigan economy during 2012 - above and beyond annual payments they are required to make directly to the state and area municipalities.
2:17 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

"Right to work" protests cost nearly $1-million

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Michigan State Police and other law enforcement agencies provided additional security as protesters demonstrated over bill to ban mandatory payment of union dues.
LANSING - Massive demonstrations at the Capitol last month over right-to-work legislation reportedly cost Michigan taxpayers nearly $1 million. Michigan State Police spent $901,132 on overtime pay and other miscellaneous costs because of additional security brought to the Capitol between Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, spokeswoman Shanon Banner said.
2:07 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Some Southwest Michigan districts nearing limit on cancellations

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Schools are allowed up to six "snow days." Kalamazoo has used four, Portage two, so far.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- If we get hit by another round of severe weather this school year, some Kalamazoo-area districts may have to add days to their school calendar. But districts haven't run out of snow days yet.

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