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My Town: Northview Public Schools to avoid snow day make-up

My Town: Northview Public Schools to avoid snow day make-up

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The students of Northview Public Schools won’t have to make up for the harsh winter that kept them away from school.

Governor Snyder recently signed into law the School Aid Supplement Bill that gives districts with more than 174 days on their academic calendar snow day relief, provided they met the required 1,098 hours of yearly instruction.  Northview has 176 days of classes scheduled, which exceeded the state minimum, even with the winter snow days.

The last day of school for students will be a half-day on Friday, June 6.

My Town: Voters renew millages for Comstock Park and Northview Schools

My Town: Voters renew millages for Comstock Park and Northview Schools

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A fund that pays for repairing facilities and purchasing property for Comstock Park Public Schools  will continue on for another decade.

In a 591-237 vote Tuesday, voters approved renewing a 0.9984 millage that would go toward the district's Building and Site Sinking Fund.  The renewal means the owner of a home with a taxable valuation of $100,000 can expect to pay $99.84 per year.

Tuesday night, voters also approved renewing a millage for Northview Public Schools' Building and Site Sinking Fund for another ten years.  The proposal passed overwhelmingly- 1,425 votes to 521 votes. The rate is limited to 1.2056 mills, or approximately $120.56 per home with a taxable valuation of $100,00. Funding will go toward school property purchases and construction and upkeep of schools.

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

My Town: University of Tennessee names Northview alum new coach

My Town: University of Tennessee names Northview alum new coach

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—The University of Tennessee is tapping a Northview High School alum to lead its basketball team.

Tuesday afternoon, the university will introduce Donnie Tyndall as its new basketball head coach.

Tyndall is a Grand Rapids native and Morehead State alumnus. UTSports.com reports Tyndall’s eight-year coaching career includes an unprecedented 56-17 , championship-winning two-year run at Southern Miss. Tyndall has worked with teams at Morehead State,  Southern Miss,  LSU, Idaho, Middle Tennessee and St. Catharine College near Springfield, KY.

A West Michigan native is already leading Tennessee’s football program; coach Butch Jones is from Saugatuck.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Northview: Proposed millage renewal information session April 22

My Town Northview: Proposed millage renewal information session April 22

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—Northview Public Schools will answer questions about a proposed renewal of the district’s building and site millage on Tuesday, April 22.

The ballot measure will not increase tax rates, but extend the current millage by ten years.  The building and site millage generates funding to repair the district’s buildings and sites.  If the fund was eliminated, the district would need to siphen funding from classroom budgets to pay for any facility and safety upgrades.

The information session will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 22 in the Northview Administration Building, 4365 Hunsberger NE.  The millage renewal will be up for vote Tuesday, May 6.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.