Lori Hansen

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.


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.


Central Montcalm board OKs leasing property for new park

The progress on the Stanton Veterans Memorial Park Project took a step forward Wednesday night when the Central Montcalm Public Schools Board of Education, in a 4-1 vote, approved leasing school property to the city of Stanton for the new park.

Gisela Peek was honored as Women’s Action Network’s Woman of the Year on Tuesday night. After receiving “roasts and toasts,” she humbly addressed the group of friends and family who honored her. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

WAN’s Woman of the Year an ‘active’ choice

She is described as honest and fun and outgoing and fun and loyal and fun and hard-working and fun, yet Gisela Peek mostly showed humbleness. Peek, 70, was honored Tuesday night as the Women’s Action Network’s Woman of the Year at a celebration at the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center in Greenville.


CM school board gives support to Veterans Memorial Park plan

It was a good news/bad news evening for the seven members of the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education at its monthly meeting Wednesday. The board voted to endorse a Stanton Veterans Memorial Park project and heard of an increase in projected student enrollment. It also conducted two student disciplinary hearings and agreed to accept the resignation of a support staff member.


Greenville student count is higher than expected

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education listened to some good news Monday evening when it learned the initial projected enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year was actually too low. “When we planned the budget for this year, we made a projected guess,” Director of Finance John Gilchrist said. “But we are actually coming in at 58 students higher.”