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My Town Spring Lake: Take a trip through history with schoolhouse tour July 26

My Town Spring Lake: Take a trip through history with schoolhouse tour July 26

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The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is pleased to announce that it is hosting an open house at DeWitt School in Spring Lake.

DeWitt School Open House
Saturday, July 26, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The open house will be held on Saturday, July 26 at DeWitt School, 17716 Taft Street in Spring Lake.  The open house will run from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Free tours of the historic, one-room schoolhouse will be offered by docents dressed in 1895 period costumes.  Come and learn the history of this building and learn about a typical school day in 1895.

Please join us for this fun, family friendly opportunity!

 

My Town Grand Haven: School board candidate deadline nears

My Town Grand Haven: School board candidate deadline nears
 

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)-- GHAPS residents who are interested in serving as a school board member have until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to file a petition.

State law requires that candidates be United States citizens, and qualified and registered electors of the school district they wish to represent by the filing deadline.

At the general election on November 4, 2014, district voters will be asked to elect four board of education members. The four open seats include one two-year term commencing January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016, and three six-year terms commencing January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2020.

My Town Grand Haven: New technology purchases approved by school district

My Town Grand Haven: New technology purchases approved by school district

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— Teachers and students from Grand Haven Area Public Schools will likely be welcomed with new technology when they return to their classrooms this fall.

The GHAPS Board of Education has approved purchasing nearly $1.8 million in technology upgrades, including wireless equipment, laptops, iPads and audio systems.

"We are taking advantage of competitive pricing opportunities," Technology Coordinator Doug Start said. "This opportunity will extend our bond dollars in the future."

In May, voters approved a school bond proposal that will provide $36 million to help cover the cost of new technology, as well as building and transportation upgrades.  A second bond providing $9.69 million to the district for upgrades to athletic facilities, arts facilities, cafeterias, school grounds and purchasing property for schools, also passed by a wide margin.

My Town Grand Haven: School board approves wage freeze

My Town Grand Haven: School board approves wage freeze

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)-- The Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education approved a wage freeze for administrators, directors and non-association employees for the 2014-2015 school year at a special board meeting held on Friday, June 27.

"We are very appreciative that these employees groups are stepping forward to assist during these challenging financial times," Assistant Superintendent of Human Services Scott Grimes says. "Because our district will receive a net loss of $9 per pupil from the state of Michigan for the coming school year, it is vital that we work with our employee groups on cost-saving measures."

The administrators and directors groups include the building principals, assistant principals, superintendent, assistant superintendent, and department directors, while the non-association group includes central office staff, teacher assistants and papa-professionals.

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town EGR: Michigan Works office relocating to high school

My Town EGR: Michigan Works office relocating to high school

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Job hunters in Grand Haven will soon have to head to Central High School for help.

The Ottawa County Michigan Works Service Center is moving from its current site at the D&W Shopping Plaza into a new office at the high school, located at 106 S. 6th Street.  Customers can enter from Clinton Avenue.

Michigan Works is relocating because the improving economy means less demand for its services.  The move is also part of a new partnership with the school district, streamlining operational costs while providing an opportunity to better collaborate with education agencies.   The satellite office is also much closer to downtown Grand Haven.