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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 meetings for community members to learn more about an upcoming millage vote.

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: MAISD seeks approval of special education millage hike

My Town Greenville: MAISD seeks approval of special education millage hike

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Montcalm County residents are encouraged to head to the polls May 6 to vote on a proposed special education millage.

According to the website for Greenville Public Schools, special education costs the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District $4.7 million, but only $2.1 million is covered by local, state and federal government funding.  The remaining $2.6 million is taken out of the MAISD’s general fund, which impacts all education programming.

The district says Montcalm County has not increased its special education millage since 1988, when there were approximately one-third fewer special education students countywide.  The county’s special education millage rate of 2.1878 is the lowest in the eight-county area.  The MAISD is asking voters to approve raising the millage to a total of 3.50 mills, generating enough funding to keep the MAISD from dipping into its general fund.

'We Bree-lieve': Bree Town returns home leukemia free

'We Bree-lieve': Bree Town returns home leukemia free

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A young Greenville area girl who has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for nearly two years is now cancer free and back home.

Bree Town returned home from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Michael Walsh says she’s still battling illnesses as her immune system rebuilds, but doctors have deemed her leukemia free.

Bree has had more than 75 blood transfusions since she was diagnosed on May 1, 2012.  Her family was told she had just a 60 percent cancer of survival; a survival dependent on generous strangers who donated hundreds of units of blood and became registered bone marrow donors in her honor.

“The community has rallied so much around this girl and this family, it’s amazing,” says Walsh.

In December 2013, doctors found one donor was a 100 percent match for Bree.  She underwent surgery earlier this year.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

My Town Greenville: District surveying community about alternative school year

My Town Greenville: District surveying community about alternative school year

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville Public Schools is turning to the community to help decide if it should move away from the traditional academic calendar.

The district sent home a letter with students this week, notifying their parents and guardians about the online survey. The district’s is encouraging parents and all community members to take the survey to determine the best schedule for students.  The survey is available online here.  All feedback is due March 15. The results will be reviewed by the district’s Alternative Calendar Committee.

My Town Greenville: Gus Macker tournament to benefit young father battling cancer

My Town Greenville: Gus Macker tournament to benefit young father battling cancer

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville High School is getting ready to host a Gus Macker Tournament supporting a young father battling cancer yet again.

Scott Young graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2003.  Tournament organizers say he is battling cancer for the third time, and he’s not even 30 years old.  Cancer was most recently found between his heart and lungs.  Young will be traveling to Indiana University for treatment.

Young has a 1-year-old son and young daughter, who is in first grade at Baldwin Heights Elementary.  The Greenville Schools family is encouraged to donate to the dinner and auction for Young. You can also show your support by registering for the tournament, which is March 8.  For more information, visit macker.com.

My Town Greenville: Family Engineering Night Rescheduled

My Town Greenville: Family Engineering Night Rescheduled

GREENVILLE, Mich. --- Baldwin Heights Elementary School is postponing its Family Engineering Night, because of the inclement weather.

Greenville Public Schools decided to cancel classes Thursday because of high winds, snow and dropping temperatures.

Because of the cancellation, Engineering Night, which was scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, will now take place Thursday, March 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. K-5 students and their families can take part in hands-on activities while enjoying a free dinner.  Admission is free and walk-ins are welcome.