The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education is laying off four teachers and reducing the hours of a fifth employee. The board at Monday’s meeting approved the layoffs of four full time teachers — middle school teacher Ron Patton and elementary teachers Kim Tompsett, Brenda Morgan and Ashley Reese — effective June 19. Also, Lakeview Elementary School teacher Kate Albert will have her hours reduced to half time.
One of the most inspiring years in the history of Lakeview Community Schools was capped off Sunday afternoon with a jubilant commencement ceremony at Kos Field. Lakeview High School’s class of 2014 were just incoming freshmen in the summer of 2010 when the high school was named a persistently lowest achieving school by the Michigan Department of Education.
Just a few short years ago, Lakeview Community Schools were in deep trouble. Academically, the situation had grown so bad that Lakeview High School made the state’s “dishonor roll,” being named as an “at risk” school. Test scores were low, morale was lower.
Without electricity and with trees power lines laying scattered across yards, roofs and streets, residents of Lakeview worked relentlessly Monday to recover from a powerful weekend storm that left destruction in its path.
A Saturday afternoon storm that left many residents in Montcalm County without power did the majority of its damage in the community of Lakeview. According to Lakeview Village Manager James Freed, the damage he surveyed this morning in the community is beyond anything he has witnessed before.
Firefighters in this township tend to stand up for their meetings. It’s not that they’re anxious to be somewhere else — it’s just that in the firehouse, there’s literally no room to sit down, except perhaps on the bumpers and running boards of the crammed-together firefighting vehicles. The current structure is simply too small for the department’s needs.
Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”
Nature took its toll on this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview, held Saturday. Many planned events were canceled because, ironically, of both warm weather and cold.
The Montcalm Alliance may have been in the news lately regarding a failed millage proposal that never even went to a vote, but in the meantime, the Alliance’s executive director has been staying busy working to assist local businesses.
An early-morning fire destroyed the main building at County Line Farms at 13202 22 Mile Road in Spencer Township near Trufant. The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene after the fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. Fire Chief Dan Kain said the building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.