Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 2, 2012
A glorious Wednesday it was, sunny bright and calm, acclaimed by a choir of songbirds. After all, it was George Washington’s birthday, worthy of the chirping oratorio. Never before had I heard songbirds so early in the year, celebratory and jubilant in premature welcome of spring. They got it wrong. They were too darned early.
Area K-12 school systems are moving into a brave new world of education that holds great promise for students, but undoubtedly will require considerable trial and error on the road to unqualified success. There is absolutely no reason schools should not use the latest technology as learning tools, because whether they do, students will be occupied with today’s communications devices. We’re talking here about the use of smart phones, e-readers, tablets, the Internet, and extended technologies to make education more available to students on a 24/7, student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and group-to-group basis.
When Belding High School students enter their new weight room facility this fall, they’ll be doing so with a room full of brand new equipment. Last week members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education approved to spend $79,637.18 in bond money to purchase equipment for the new weight room, which is being built as part of the $38.8 million bond levy that voters approved in 2010. “It’s outstanding,” Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver said. “Our strength and conditioning coach, Joel Madsen, has done an incredible job of researching the equipment; it’s the best of the best. Our kids will have excellent equipment.”
Throughout Montcalm and adjacent counties, it’s been evident that public school districts have been in tough times. Major cuts in the state budget, many directed toward education, have forced districts to close buildings, consolidate classrooms, cut crucial sports and education programs and lay off teachers. However, according to State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, there is one specific school district, Highland Park, just eight miles northwest of downtown Detroit, which had the state Legislature scrambling to keep afloat last week.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, March 1, 2012
Close basketball games usually come down to free throws. Wednesday’s district semifinal between Central Montcalm and Tri County wasn’t any different. In just the final 10 seconds of the game both teams thought they had won the game. Wednesday’s district semifinal between Central Montcalm and Tri County wasn’t any different. In just the final 10 seconds of the game both teams thought they had won the game.
The inability to make baskets down the stretch cost Greenville’s girls basketball team. The result was a 48-42 loss to Northview in the Class A district basketball tournament Wednesday.
The Spartan Spartans came out of the lockerroom at halftime on fire. Karley Cnossen led the flame. Cnossen scored 16 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter as the Spartan lead went from nine points (20-11 at halftime) to 26 points (43-17 after three quarters) in a 53-29 district semifinal win on Wednesday night at Tri County. “We were in a zone and the pace was quite slow in the first quarter,” Sparta coach Matt McCallum said. “We started coming on more in the second quarter, but then in the third quarter we made a good run. That put us up enough.”
Our commissioners have been looking at their own compensation and health insurance since the results of a 19-county survey were released last year. Montcalm County is home to the second-highest paid commissioners compared to six neighboring counties. Our commissioners earn an annual salary of $8,331. The chairman of the board and the chairman of the Finance & Personnel Committee earn an annual salary of $9,5811.