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My Town Belding: Prom safety tips from the Ionia County Health Dept.

My Town Belding: Prom safety tips from the Ionia County Health Dept.

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BELDING, Mich. (Ionia County Health Department)-- It’s that time of year when Ionia County schools will be celebrating their proms and graduations.

Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) reminds us that it is an especially important time for students, schools, and parents to think about the risks of using alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.  According to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) “Think About It… Prom and Graduation Season Campaign”, there is a rise in the use of alcohol and drugs during prom and graduation season.  Thus, it is important to take preventative action to ensure that students are alcohol and drug free, during this time of year.  According to testimonials from the SADD website, students who abstain from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs have better memories of their prom and graduation.

Below are tips for prom and graduation season:

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My Town Greenville: Voters approve special education millage boost

My Town Greenville: Voters approve special education millage boost

GREENVILLE, Mich.— For the first time in decades, Montcalm County's special education millage is about to increase.

In a 3,596 to 2,764 vote Tuesday night, voters approved hiking the tax from 2.1878 mills to 3.5 mills. Supporters say Montcalm County had the lowest special education millage in the eight-county area. The millage rate had remained the same for 24 years.

Montcalm County voters also approved maintaining a $2.85 monthly surcharge for  9-1-1 service for five years.  The proposal passed by 3,890 votes to 1,422 votes.  The money will go toward maintaining and operating the emergency dispatch system within the county.

The Montcalm County millage for Commission on Aging was also approved by voters.  To see the complete election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.

My Town Greenville: Voters to consider special education millage hike, 9-1-1 charge May 6

My Town Greenville: Voters to consider special education millage hike, 9-1-1 charge May 6

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, May 6 to decide a proposed millage increase for special education in Montcalm County.

Greenville Public Schools is asking voters to approve a hike in the Montcalm County special education millage, from 2.1878 mills to 3.5 mills. Supporters say Montcalm County has the lowest special education millage in the eight-county area.  For additional proposal information, click here.

Montcalm County voters will also decide if the county can continue to charge residents up to $2.85 a month for 9-1-1 service.  The proposal would extend the fee for five years.  The money will go toward maintaining and operating the emergency dispatch system within the county.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

My Town Greenville: Stranger approaching student raises red flags

My Town Greenville: Stranger approaching student raises red flags

GREENVILLE, Mich.— The superintendent of Greenville Public Schools is asking students and parents to be vigilant, after a suspicious encounter involving a middle school student.

Superintendent Peter Haines says the girl was on her way home from school Thursday when she was approached by the driver of a green van on Montcalm Street between Barry and Franklin streets.  Haines says the man offered the girl a ride and when she refused, he followed her for some distance, frightening her.

The district notified Greenville Public Safety about the encounter and sent a message to parents about the incident yesterday.  In it, Haines asks parents to remind their children about safety precautions they should be taking when strangers approach and to report any suspicious situations.

My Town Greenville: Safe Schools Community Forum April 23

My Town Greenville: Safe Schools Community Forum April 23

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  Community members are encouraged to share their school safety concerns during an information session by Greenville Public Schools on Wednesday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

The Safe Schools Community Forum will take place inside the Greenville High School Auditorium.  District leaders will make a short presentation on the state of security within the district before fielding questions from parents and community members.

My Town Greenville: Public meetings over proposed millage hike April 21

My Town Greenville: Public meetings over proposed millage hike April 21

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville Public Schools will hold two community meetings today about a millage up for public vote next month.

The district is asking voters to approve a hike in the Montcalm County special education millage, from 2.1878 mills to 3.5 mills. Supporters say Montcalm County has the lowest special education millage in the eight-county area.  A special election will take place May 6.

The special education millage informational meetings are scheduled for Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. inside the Central Services Facility, located at 1414 Chase Street in Greenville.

My Town Greenville: Safe Schools Community Forum April 23

My Town Greenville: Safe Schools Community Forum April 23

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  Community members are encouraged to share their safety concerns during a school safety information session by Greenville Public Schools on Wednesday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

The Safe Schools Community Forum will take place inside the Greenville High School Auditorium.  District leaders will make a short presentation before fielding questions from parents and community members.