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Hundreds of teachers invade Grand Rapids for training

Hundreds of teachers invade Grand Rapids for training

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Although summer isn’t over, the lessons are beginning for hundreds of new teachers in Grand Rapids.

Beginning Monday, July 29, more than 400 new teachers will fill DeVos Place for training with National Heritage Academies (NHA).  They’ll learn the company’s culture as well as Michigan’s Common Core Standards.

 NHA is one of the nation’s largest charter school management companies, operating 76 schools in nine states serving more than 50,000 students.  NHA schools are located in My Town Grand Rapids South, Plainfield Township, Grand Rapids North, Walker, Wyoming, Kentwood, Muskegon, Holland and Kalamazoo. 

From Blandford to NASA: Alumnus returns to share success story

From Blandford to NASA: Alumnus returns to share success story

An alumnus of the Blandford Environmental Education Program who now works with NASA will return to West Michigan August 9-10.

 Dr. James Ashley has earned three degrees in planetary sciences and is currently working on two NASA missions: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Exploration Rovers.

He largely attributes his success to attending Blandford Environmental Education Program during sixth grade.

New proposed plans for shuttered elementary school

New proposed plans for shuttered elementary school

WALKER, Mich.—New plans are in the works for a vacant school in Walker.

Major Bob Mueller says the Salvation Army has a signed agreement with Kenowa Hills Public Schools to potentially purchase the now-vacant Fairview Elementary School.  Mueller says local Salvation Army officials have 120 days to pull together appraisals, surveys and studies to convince the larger organization to purchase the property.  Mueller says the property would likely be renovated for the Salvation Army’s Turning Point program, which treats people with substance abuse programs.  Mueller says the organization is looking for a more permanent location to meet the expanding needs of the program, which is currently based in downtown Grand Rapids.

Mueller plans to introduce the Salvation Army’s intentions for the property during the Walker City Commission meeting Monday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Registration open for inaugural Allyssa DeHaan tournament

Registration open for inaugural Allyssa DeHaan tournament

WALKER, Mich.—The Three Mile Project will host the inaugural Allyssa DeHaan 3 on 3 Girls’ Basketball Tournament Saturday, July 20.

Athletes from fifth grade all the way up to 12th grade are invited to take part in the competition, which runs all day. 

Registration is $100 per team.  Teams can register all the way up to the tournament date.  All proceeds from the tournament will go to Moriah Ministries, a non-profit group that serves students, staff and athletes of Grand Valley State University.  For a registration form, click here.

City commission postpones decision on additional bus lot

City commission postpones decision on additional bus lot

WALKER, Mich.—Grand Valley State University officials are pushing for a new public Park n’ Ride lot to keep up with increasing student demand for bus service.

The operations manager of Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus says the new lot would be located at the former site of the American Metal and Stamping factory, on 4101 Lake Michigan Drive NW.   The new lot would contain 252 spaces.    The project would include expanding the city’s drainage system and adding a privacy fence and landscaping for the benefit of nearby homeowners.  LED lighting would also need to be added.

GVSU and The Rapid would pay for the project using a $360,000 federal grant.  GVSU would maintain the space, which would be located next to the Standale Park n’ Ride lot. 

However, before work could even begin, GVSU and The Rapids would need to get a special permit from the city, as well as site plan approval.  During their meeting June 24

Sparta Alternative School, "Englishville" hosts last Open House

Sparta Alternative School, "Englishville" hosts last Open House

Englishville Alternative High School in Sparta will be closing its’ doors at the end of the current school year after a 30 year history. But, before it closes for good, the school is inviting all students throughout the years to join in at an Open House from 2-5pm on Sunday, June 2nd at the school, located at 8285 Vinton Ave. in Sparta.

This High School was established to serve students from Sparta, Grant, Grand Rapids, Kenowa Hills, Comstock Park, Rockford and Cedar Springs. The school served students who struggled with required courses and feel behind in school credits.