When Hailey Olger was 5 years old, she won the Sheridan Springfest junior princess contest. She was also the only contestant. History has a way of repeating itself.
A familiar saying for brides is, “Something old and something new…” The two have become one in this village, just in time for this weekend’s Springfest.
One day after graduating its class of 2015, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education turned its focus on to the next school year. On Monday night, the school board discussed issuance of certificates of completion and next school year’s budget. Rather than receiving a diploma for graduating, students who have severe cognitive learning impairments often receive a certificate of completion, Superintendent Amy Meinhardt explained.
As a graduating senior, Michelle McKormick didn’t know what she wanted to do after high school. She went to Central Michigan University and soon picked a job at the CMU radio station doing traffic reports — on a campus where most kids had bikes.
Rachel Sutherlin isn’t your typical college student, and because of that, she is especially grateful to participate in Montcalm Community College’s graduation.
The shaking up of the building and grounds department at Central Montcalm Public School has led to the toppling of the lead position. In a 4-minute meeting Monday, the Central Montcalm Board of Education voted 6-0 against renewing the administrative contract of Transportation Director Valerie Conklin.
Erin Roberts was one of many women who attended the first Montcalm County 100+ Women Who Care at Montcalm Community College on Monday. She went thinking how nice it would be for some charity to go home $10,000 richer. She never expected it to be Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE), the organization she directs.
Years ago, schools emphasized the “the three Rs” — reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic. But at Monday night’s Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education meeting, it was the letter “E” that kept showing up. The board discussed Early College, a European trip and hired a new employee.
The children, usually ranging in ages from 3 to 16, would line up at the local church or community center, with the boys wearing a new suit and shoes and the girls donning a new dress, coat, hat or bonnet. Prospective parents would come a chose a child, often taking one or two home for an evening to test if it would work out, and returning them in the morning if it didn’t. If the children were not chosen, they were put back on the train to proceed to the next stop, and go through the routine again.
The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved a contract for their new superintendent Monday, and then discussed ways to ease the burden of the multiple roles of the district’s leader. The board approved a $115,000 annual salary for Amy Meinhardt, who was recently promoted from interim superintendent to superintendent of the school district.