The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District millage vote on Tuesday may say “special education” on the ballot, but the issue affects all children in Montcalm County. Tuesday’s proposal will ask voters whether to restore the MAISD’s special ed millage — currently 2.1878 mills — to 2.50, as well as add another mill for a total of 3.50 mills.
Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.
Surrounded by students she has mentored, guided and influenced throughout this past year, Laurie Stewart could only smile while shedding a few tears as she came to a realization Thursday evening.
“They don’t need me anymore,” she said. “They are definitely using their peer influence to help other people and they are making it sustainable.”
That was the goal from the beginning — to create a new, positive culture in Montcalm County.
The exodus from cities to suburbs is a part of American culture.
Soldiers returning from World War II and Korea moved with their families to quiet little streets in new developments made possible by the country’s burgeoning infrastructure, particularly the highway system. In recent decades, even those suburbs have come to seem too crowded to many, and new developments have sprouted like mushrooms in previously rural areas.
According to Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, the decision to go with iPads and Chromebooks, rather than less expensive Android tablets, was based on security. The most recent crop of Android tablets, apparently, lack the filtering capacity required for use in a public school system.
Last month, Montcalm Conservation District officials requested $15,000 from the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to help the conservation district’s looming budget deficit.
This month, commissioners agreed to help conservation district officials — and to issue them a challenge.
Here’s a list of Montcalm County roads that are currently partially flooded as of this afternoon.
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.
The Montcalm Alliance and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are still trying to get on the same page when it comes to funding local economic development. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer updated the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday about the Alliance’s most recent meeting.
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.