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Belding board OKs new bus purchases

Belding Area Schools (BAS) will be welcoming two new school buses next fall. The school board approved a motion during Monday night’s monthly meeting to purchase buses using bond funds. Going through the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO) Bus Purchasing Program, the board voted to purchase the buses for $80,137 each from Capital City Bus Sales, the lowest of three bids provided to the board.

Ron Farrell

Longtime Montabella leader set to retire

Ron Farrell has spent almost half a century in education. The longtime Montabella Community Schools administrator recently announced his retirement, which will be effective June 30. He’s worked in the Montabella school district for more than four decades, the same district where he grew up and attended school.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 22, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

Guest View | Michael Pousak

Retired Oak Park lieutenant chosen as Greenville’s new public safety director

The Greenville Department of Public Safety will have a new face as its leader starting at the end of March. The Greenville City Council confirmed the appointment of Michael Pousak as the city’s public safety director during its regular scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

Roger Wills

Roger Wills resigns from Belding City Council

With Belding City Council member Roger Wills’ empty seat to his left, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson read a prepared statement to begin Monday night’s city council meeting announcing the official resignation of Wills from the council. “Yesterday, Mr. Wills tendered his resignation which became effective at this evening’s city council meeting,” Gunderson said. “While I am disappointed with his decision, I respect his wishes. That being said, I would like to officially thank Roger Wills for his 11 years of service on city council. Roger has been a valuable asset to this community and his talent and expertise will be sorely missed. I wish Roger and his wife Nancy all the best.”

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Central Montcalm schools consider anti-bullying policy

Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education members were introduced to a state-mandated anti-bullying proposal on Monday. The board will have 30 days to review it before voting on whether to accept it. The Bullying and Other Aggressive Behavior Toward Students policy will be brought back to the board at their March 19 meeting where they will vote on whether to accept it.

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Central Montcalm schools focus on superintendent search

Though the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education does the official hiring, board members want input from the staff and community on the qualifications they are looking for in the person who will replace Superintendent Jake Helms. Helms is retiring June 30. “We had sent out a survey to the staff to hear what they are looking for in a candidate,” Board Secretary Roxanne Switzer said. “We met today in a workshop to hear more, to hear their ideas.”

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GUEST VIEW: Sheriff’s millage key to local public safety

On Feb. 28, the citizens of Montcalm County have the opportunity to support a millage request to maintain the road patrol function for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. This letter supports the effort to pass this proposal. The Greenville Police Officers Association of Michigan chapter fully endorses the proposed millage and feels the necessity to maintain the safety and policing of this county is dependent on passing this critical levy request.

Belding Fire Chief Don Eady, right, shows Greenville resident John Hohl Jr. how to properly install two new car seats donated on behalf of the Belding Fire Department Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory/Smith

Belding Fire Department donates car seats to Greenville family (Gallery)

When Belding Fire Captain Don Eady was informed of a family’s financial struggle to replace car seats damaged in a recent car accident, he didn’t waste any time taking action. On Monday afternoon at the Belding Fire Department, Eady presented Greenville residents John Hohl Jr., his wife Courtney and three of their five children with two new car seats and one booster seat just hours after having been informed of their need to replace the seats damaged in the accident.

Leslie Mount

Belding superintendent’s contract extended

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Leslie Mount received full support from the Board of Education when her contract negotiation was brought to a vote at Monday night’s meeting. Earning a positive evaluation from the board, Mount’s contract extension of one additional year was approved in a unanimous vote.