Student-Community “MPrize” Project Hopes To Recognize Those Making Difference For Youth

Starting in fall of 2013, MPrize hopes to have students in districts around the area identify “staff members and others who make differences in their lives,” according to Superintendent Jon Felske.

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In Light of Consolidation, Muskegon Public Schools Administration Details Plans For 2012-2013 Teacher Hiring

During Tuesday’s board meeting, Savage made a correction on a May 1 memo regarding the rehiring process for sixth grade teachers. “Sixth grade teachers will not automatically displaced but will receive assignments based on their seniority and level of certification,” said assistant superintendent Betty Savage.

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Muskegon Board of Education Passes Consolidation Plan; Nims, Bluffton, McLaughlin To Close

“The ultimate goal is that we’re one district, from K-12, as Big Reds through whole time,” said district superintendent Jon Felske. “Please allow our children the opportunity to absorb everything we want to give to them… We have your children’s best interests at heart.”

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Governor Snyder Declares Muskegon Heights Public Schools Emergency, Appointment After 4/18

What’s next? Muskegon Heights can request a hearing with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mike Flanagan. If a hearing is requested, it will happen on April 18, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. in Lansing. After that hearing, the Governor will appoint an emergency financial manager. Who that might be is not apparent at this time.

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Muskegon School Board Meeting Fervor Focuses Primarily On Lansing

With a $5.7 million deficit projected for next school year, Superintendent Jon Felske’s bone to pick with Lansing has intensified, and board members, parents and staff present the meeting also echoed his sentiments.

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Muskegon Board of Education Instates Two Members, Elects Rev. Louis Churchwell As Board President

Tuesday’s meeting also saw the installment of Tasha Bibbs-Oakes and Earl “Bill” O’Brien to the board. Oakes defeated O’Brien on Election Day in November 2011. Last week, O’Brien received the appointment to Poole’s old seat. O’Brien was chosen among a pool of four candidates, including DeMario Phillips and Debra Brazil Griffin, who both ran unsuccessfully in November.

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President Rev. Charles Poole to Step Down After 22 Years on Muskegon’s Board of Education

Rev. Poole advocated for departing board member Earl “Bill” O’Brien to fill the vacancy in his comments Tuesday. O’Brien recently lost reelection, coming third in a field of four candidates vying for two seats. “Bill is needed at this time in ways many don’t even realize,” said Rev. Poole.

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Results of Key 2011 Elections in Muskegon County

Andrew Trzaska | November 9, 2011 Vote numbers certified by the Muskegon County Clerk’s office, with all precincts reporting. (i)

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Unofficial Numbers Show Muskegon Public Schools With More Students Than Expected This School Year; Official Count Day Approaching

According to Superintendent Jon Felske, the district originally anticipated 4671 students for this school year. This makes the unofficial headcount of 4763 students done on 9/19 only about 55% of the total loss that was expected.

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Muskegon School Board Faces Close Vote, Tough Crowd on Rehiring of Administrator

With the decision to keep the building’s principal, Muskegon Community Education will lose 3 of its 8 teachers with the 2011-2012 budget cuts but will keep both of its administrators.

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Muskegon’s School Board Passes Budget, Discussion Shifts To Keeping Enrollment Up

Over 125 people were present at Tuesday night’s meeting as the school board passed a budget with deep cuts across the board. When questions of possible enrollment drops were raised by the public, board treasurer Billie Bruce urged those who organized the large attendance to go door-to-door to keep students in Muskegon: “I’ll go with you.”

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