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From left, Montabella Community Schools Board of Education Student Representative Sidney Lint, Trustee Katie Ludwig, President Jann LaPointe, Superintendent Shelly Millis and Trustee Eylie Foster listen to information about how to help students meet Michigan test scores. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella superintendent and school district grades reviewed

Montabella Community Schools Board of Education members graded Superintendent Shelly Millis’ performance after reviewing student test scores.

Both Montabella and its superintendent received their annual evaluations during Monday night’s board meeting.

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IN BRIEF: 90 more Chromebooks for Montabella Community Schools

Montabella Community School continues to improve it’s technology and purchased 90 Chrome books for the district.

Montabella School Board members received three bids for Chrome books and reviewed them at Monday night’s meeting.

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Mecosta County deputy succumbs to cancer

Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Wieber fought crime in the streets in Mecosta County, but on Wednesday, the 37-year-old lost his fight to brain cancer. In 2011, Jason underwent six weeks of radiation for a brain tumor in his brain stem. Treatment stopped the tumor’s growth, but in January 2016, Jason began experiencing dizzy spells and vision problems.

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Missing Edmore man found dead

Nearly three weeks after Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a missing Edmore resident, the 27-year-old man was found deceased in Edmore woods.

Eric Hodge was reported missing by his roommate, who had not seen him since Jan. 26. Hodge had family out of state, but they had not heard from him either.

From left, Montabella Community Schools Board President Jann LaPointe, Superintendent Shelly Millis and Trustee Eylie Foster review and discuss the agenda for Monday night’s school board meeting, which included a first reading of a sex education curriculum. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella school board reviews new sex education curriculum

EDMORE— Montabella Junior/Senior High School is following suit with neighboring school districts by introducing a sex education curriculum aimed at special education students. In January, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) was awarded a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant for schools within Montcalm County. “Montcalm (Area) ISD asked schools if they were interested in [...]

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IN BRIEF: Montabella school board talks state budget, laws

Montabella Community Schools Superintendent Shelly Millis brought up some potential good and bad news coming from Lansing in the future during Monday night’s school board meeting.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated Montcalm County commissioners on Monday about the county’s ongoing audit and financial progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear update from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news Monday from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updates Montcalm County commissioners on the ongoing county audit progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears report from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news today from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

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Montabella encourages peer interaction through LINKS

After grabbing their lunch boxes and lunch trays, six Montabella Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students headed down the hall to the library to eat their lunch together. The lunch group is part of Montabella Community School’s LINKS Program, which is a peer-to-peer program to support students with autism. Montabella currently has LINKS programs in kindergarten through ninth grade.

Montcalm Conservation District Executive Director Judy Cloer and conservation district board members Steve Wyckoff and Jed Welder share their thoughts after Thursday’s Montcalm County millage meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage proposal inches forward

Supporters of a Montcalm County millage to fund local services have been receiving unpleasant but understandable feedback when presenting the proposal to residents.

“The initial reaction I get is, ‘Hell no,’” said Jed Welder, a Montcalm Conservation District board member and Greenville farmer. “The atmosphere with the county is so poisoned right now. But after you break through that there’s a little more willingness.”