The Lakeview baseball team was under high expectations from their coach, Ryan Vellanti. The Wildcats finished the season 9-20, which was better than the two wins they had in 2012, but not quite up to what Vellanti had in mind.
For the past two weeks we have been discussing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in this column. Last week I reported that the Legislature had included language in the budget of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) which would prohibit them from using state funds to implement or support the CCSS. Last week Governor Snyder signed a state budget that includes this language. The Legislature must now revisit the issue and pass a bill allowing the MDE to continue their efforts on the Common Core before the state budget goes into effect on Oct. 1.
Carson Health eliminated 9 percent of its workforce this week due to federal budget cuts and changes to healthcare reform. A total of 56 positions were eliminated throughout the organization, including 16 through a transfer or a reduction in hours, 18 through attrition (vacant positions that will not be filled) and 22 through position elimination. Carson Health, which is affiliated with Sparrow Health System, employed a total of 619 people before the cuts.
Financial hardship continues to be a trend among area public school districts due to cuts in state funding and the status of the state economy and Belding Area Schools is no exception. Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to accept the 2013-2014 budget of the general and athletics funds for the district.
The Greenville City Council approved the proposed budget for 2013-2014 on Tuesday. During the council’s regular meeting, a public hearing was held and the council made the decision to approve the proposed budget.
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It was a season of continued improvement for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles baseball team in 2013. Longtime area coach and athletic director Wes Cummings returned to the bench to lead the Eagles in 2013. Cummings last coached baseball for Davenport University (2009-2011) and also coached baseball at Belding and Cedar Springs in the past.
Greenville girls track coach Sharon Gianacakos learned something about her team in the first year the Yellow Jackets were in the O-K Bronze Conference. “I look at the size we have with the girls and what we can accomplish with larger teams,” Gianacakos said. “We match well with the larger teams.”
After holding a “closed meeting” for a “personal situation” — a reason not allowed under the Open Meetings Act — the Eureka Township Board has disclosed what was discussed after The Daily News requested the information via the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA). On June 10, the Eureka Township Board entered into “closed session” after Trustee Jeremy Austin asked to do so.
When Sara Shriver was selected as interim superintendent of Belding Area Schools one year ago, she stated, “I never want to stop learning and if I can help and be part of a solution here, then I want to do it.” When she was promoted to superintendent last December, she described her situation as, “a very welcome opportunity that I didn’t see coming.”