Lori Hansen

Rachel Sutherlin of Lakeview has taken a second chance in her life and worked to earn an associate degree at Montcalm Community College. The Lakeview High School graduate now plans to continue her education at Central Michigan University. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

New MCC graduate taking full advantage of her second chance

Rachel Sutherlin isn’t your typical college student, and because of that, she is especially grateful to participate in Montcalm Community College’s graduation.

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Central Montcalm Public School removes transportation director

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.

Betty Kellenberger and Erin Roberts, both of Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE) of Montcalm/Ionia Counties, beam over being the recipients of 100 checks worth $10,000 after the 100+Women Who Care event at Montcalm Community College on Monday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

‘100 Women Who Care’ donate $10,000 to RAVE

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.

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CM adds student to Early College

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.

Al Eicher, who has done extensive research on the orphan trains, shows a picture of a group of children who came from Boston to Battle Creek as part of the orphan train riders. Eicher led the closing program of the One Book One County’s presentation “The Orphan Trains in Michigan.” — Daily News/Lori Hansen

‘Orphan Train’ presentation puts a wrap on One Book One County program

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.

Amy Meinhardt

CM school board OKs superintendent salary

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.

Amy Meinhardt, who was offered the position of superintendent of Central Montcalm Public School on Monday, speaks with sixth grade science teacher Bob Luginbuhl, left, on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm’s own Amy Meinhardt to be the next superintendent

Amy Meinhardt began as a kindergarten student at Central Montcalm Public School. After college graduation, she was hired by the district to be a first grade teacher. At a special school board meeting Monday night, Meinhardt was hired once again … this time as the new superintendent.

Amy Meinhardt

Central Montcalm’s interim leader to interview for top job

Amy Meinhardt has several titles after her name at Central Montcalm Public School. She is interim superintendent, curriculum director and state and federal programs director. After Monday night’s special school board meeting, she also earned a new moniker: superintendent candidate.

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CM board elects officials, OKs interim superintendent deal

Interim Superintendent Amy Meinhardt opened the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education organizational meeting Wednesday evening so that the board — with its rookie board members — could elect their officers.

Charles Muncatchy

JUST IN: Central Montcalm superintendent resigns, cites health reasons

When Charles Muncatchy was hired as the new Central Montcalm Public School superintendent five months ago, his plans were to serve the district for three to five years.

Instead, Roxanne Switzer, in her last meeting as board president, read a statement at tonight’s meeting announcing Muncatchy’s resignation effective Dec. 10.