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Belding Area Schools Board of Education members, from left, Cori Anderson, Robert Insley and Vice President Timothy Flynn, discuss matters during Monday evening’s board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school board votes to replace computer labs

In 2010, Belding Area Schools made a commitment to new and improved technologies with the approval of a $38.8 million bond that helped bring iPads and other electronic devices to the district.

The members of the Belding Robotics Team, seen here competing in a quarterfinal match, competed from April 23 to 26 at the Vex Robotics World Championship in Anaheim Calif., where they finished in the top 50 of more than 400 competing teams from across the world. — Courtesy photo

Belding finishes in top 50 at Vex Robotics World Championships

On the robotics world’s biggest stage, more than 2,000 miles from home, the Belding High School Robotics Team marched into Anaheim, Calif., and made an impression the students will never forget. Competing against more than 400 of the best Vex High School Robotics teams at the World Tournament from April 23-26, the five-member team fought through frustration, nervousness and adversity to finish among the top 50 teams.

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore explains the details of the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget to members of Belding City Council Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council approves balanced budget

For the first time in 10 years, the city of Belding will not be operating with a deficit budget. At Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the tentative fiscal year 2014/2015 city budget.

Woodview Elementary School fifth grade student Alex Hirschy, 11, receives a certificate of appreciation from Ellis Elementary School Principal Tiffany Jackson Tuesday evening for helping a student who suffered a seizure while riding the bus to school. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding student honored for ‘phenomenal reaction and helpfulness’

When Alex Hirschy heard the sound of a fellow student hit the floor of their school bus, he didn’t wait for someone else to react.

Hirschy, 11, a fifth-grader at Woodview Elementary School, leapt from his seat on the bus to comfort the student several seats behind him who was suffering from a seizure as they traveled to school the morning of April 16.

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore speaks during Tuesday evening's city council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding city manager passes evaluation

After a lengthy closed session meeting which lasted more than 3 1/2 hours, Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore left Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting following her performance evaluation with her position still intact.

Belding High School freshman Dominic Francisco, 15, uses his iPad to scan a QR code square Wednesday afternoon at the Alvah N. Belding Library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding students make use of iPads in library quest

For visitors of the Alvah N. Belding Library on Wednesday, Dominic Francisco was a curious sight to behold. The Belding High School freshman wandered up and down the building’s many corridors, filled with books from end to end, searching diligently from A to Z.

Threshold Academy in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy forced to shut its doors at end of school year

Threshold Academy, a free public charter school in Ionia County, will shut its doors at the end of this school year as its overseer decided not to renew its contract. Central Michigan University’s Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools notified the academy Monday it will no longer authorize the school after June 30, citing low Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores and declining enrollment. Threshold, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students.

Belding resident Katherine Henry voices her displeasure of City Manager Meg Mullendore’s handling of Freedom of Information Act legislation. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding citizens again voice displeasure of city council, city manager

Serving as a continuation from the most recent Belding City Council meeting on March 18, residents again voiced their concerns and disappointment Tuesday evening with respect to members of the council and City Manager Meg Mullendore. The meeting followed a similar theme of two weeks ago, fueled by disgruntled citizens who again addressed their concerns during the meeting’s public comment period, which lasted nearly 35 minutes.

The Pere Marquette Depot in Belding was at capacity for Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council Member, in which several members of the community and surrounding area asked that City Manager Meg Mullendore resign from her position. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding community members demand city manager’s resignation; she says no

With a standing room only crowd, the intensity of Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting reached a boiling point once the floor was opened for citizen comment. Several residents and business owners of Belding and neighboring communities spoke in succession, each with a plea that City Manager Meg Mullendore resign from her position “immediately.”

Members of the Belding Board of Education voted Monday evening to allow the Belding robotics team to travel to the VEX World Robotics Competition in Anaheim, Calif. in April. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding robotics team to compete in world tournament

The Belding robotics team continues to climb to new heights each and every year, and now the team will ascend to its highest peak yet. At Monday evening’s Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously to allow the five members of the team who qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship to travel to Anaheim, Calif. in April.