Recently I read an article in The Grand Rapids Press regarding the Michigan laws on expulsion of students more commonly known as the “zero tolerance” discipline policies. These are well intended laws originally passed in the hope that they would make schools safer and more orderly for students and staff. However, after years of use, there are concerns about some unintended consequences. As a board of education member for many years, I can tell you that expelling students is one of the most difficult responsibilities that I fulfill. I rarely sleep well after we have expelled a student, even when I agree that expulsion is the only option we had.
Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is one of our state’s most beneficial, common sense laws. For almost four decades now, citizens and journalists alike have been able to stand on near equal footing with public bodies by having the law behind them when requesting public documents.
Randolph Flechsig gets excited talking about rural healthcare like some people get excited talking about their favorite sports team. Flechsig took on administrative duties at Sheridan Community Hospital just over one year ago. He describes the past year as busy and challenging, but in a good way.
Growing up in a small town, ties are made that last a lifetime, ties that transcend time and distance and remain strong over countless years and miles. So it is for Paulina (Hurt) Lawton and Danise Garbow, both of whom graduated from Central Montcalm High School more years ago than either woman cares to admit publicly.
The Tri County Vikings were familiar with the Grant Tigers. The Lakes 8 Conference members has faced each other plenty this season. So it was a surprise when Tri County cruised through the Division 3 district championship match over rival Grant 62-8. The win was the Vikings second consecutive district title.
Belding’s basketball teams have a special night planned for Friday when they face Wyoming High in a girl-boy doubleheader. The Redskins have designated Friday night as Armed Forces Night. It will be a night to salute the veterans in the area, according to boys varsity coach Jeff Wierzbicki.
Central wins district: The Green Hornets picked up their second straight Division 3 district title Wednesday after beating Shepherd 51-23 and Alma 39-33…
With one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory, those hoping to attend the annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival couldn’t ask for better conditions. This Saturday, the festival will bring residents and visitors together to enjoy the icy conditions of the frozen lake.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Tom Kreiner will be the first person to admit Grattan Academy isn’t perfect. But the worst school in the state of Michigan? That unhappy distinction is according to the third annual Academic State Champs report from Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan. The report ranks Michigan’s schools from best to worst, based on a combination of test scores and income levels of families.