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The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is extending The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease through December 2030. The center in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners extend lease for Behavioral Health Center

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 Monday to extend The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease, despite objections from the commissioners’ own chairman. The Center for Behavioral Health in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. It also provides emergency services to anyone in the community 24/7.

Central Montcalm band director Matt Reed shows the back of the new Central Montcalm marching band uniform, which will debut during the Grand Parade at Stanton’s Old Fashioned Days on Aug. 9. The Central Montcalm band has also started a Kickstarter fundraising that allows anyone in the world to donate funds to help purchase the new uniforms. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Central Montcalm band director spearheads effort to help marching band shine

When football fans attend Central Montcalm High School games in the autumn of 2015, they’ll have one more thing to be proud of, assuming an upcoming fundraiser to raise money for the purchase of new marching band uniforms goes as band director Matt Reed hopes it will.

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Central Montcalm wraps up first round of interviews

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education continued its quest to find a new superintendent as two more candidates were interviewed at a special meeting Tuesday evening.

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Central Montcalm board picks 3 superintendent finalists

Six candidates for superintendents have been interviewed by the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education within the past five days. After the final interviews Tuesday, school board members discussed how to proceed.

Members of the Stanton City Commission continue their search for a new city manager to replace former manager James Freed, who left for another job in Port Huron last month. When hired, the new manager will provide services to both the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Search continues for Stanton/Lakeview manager

Several candidates have come forward seeking the city manager’s position recently vacated by James Freed, who left last month to accept a manager’s position in Port Huron.

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Central Montcalm superintendent interviews continue, wrap up today

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education interviewed two more candidates for the district’s superintendent post. Six of seven board members were present to interview Herve Dardis, high school principal at Ostego Public Schools, and Andrew R. Shaw, former superintendent (through April) of Pittsford Area Schools.

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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

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Central Montcalm hires one principal, but loses another

Between rounds of interviews for a new superintendent, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education, at its monthly meeting Wednesday worked on filling two principal posts.

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Central Montcalm starts interviews for leader

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Wednesday interviewed two of the six superintendent candidates. Roche LaVictor, currently principal of Discovery Middle School in the Plymouth-Canton District, and Peter W. Bush Jr., currently high school principal for Coopersville Area Public Schools, each fielded a variety of questions in their hour-long interview before the board. The candidates then were given 15 minutes to question the board or present a closing statement.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: A dramatic jailhouse escape … and recapture

Three inmates of the Montcalm County Jail engineered a dramatic escape from their cell by fashioning a skeleton key out of a tin tobacco box, only to be captured in a huckleberry swamp several miles away.

That was the big news locally 100 years ago this week in the Greenville Independent.