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Dowagiac Secretary Of State Office To Move For The Summer

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office in Dowagiac is being moved to another location while renovations are done this summer. The office on Front Street will shut down at the end of Tuesday, June 11, and the new temporary office will open on June 17 at the administrative offices of Lewis Cass Intermediate School District on Dailey Road in Cassopolis. That temporary location will be open for customers while a roof replacement and work on the exterior of the Dowagiac office is done. While the Dowagiac office is moved to the temporary Cassopolis location, it will be closed completely. That will be from June 12 to June 17. During that time, customers are encouraged to use Secretary of State online services, or go to the offices in Benton Harbor, Niles, or Paw Paw.. ...Read Full Story

New Hires For City Of South Haven

The city of South Haven has hired a new assistant finance director and a new human resources director. It says Carol Stricklin is now the assistant finance director. She’s currently the lead accountant for South Haven Public Schools, and has experience in bookkeeping and payroll. Stricklin has also done volunteer work around the community. She will start the job with the city on June 30. Also this week, the city announced Kim Wise has been hired as human resources director. She’s currently employed by Bronson Healthcare Group as the system employment and leave of absence supervisor. Prior to that, she did HR for South Haven Health System. Wise will take her new position on June 3.. ...Read Full Story

Good Summer Employment Prospects For Teens This Year

Things are looking good for teenagers who want to find work this summer. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget has released its annual summer teen employment forecast, finding there will be significant opportunities this year for those teenagers who want to make some bucks. The agency estimates about 208,000 Michigan teens between 16 and 19 will find jobs this summer. In addition, another 38,000 teens will be actively seeking jobs but without success, making for a teen unemployment rate of 15%. The state advises teens who want to work this summer to start looking early, keep looking even if unsuccessful at first, visit local businesses, and tell friends and family about the search. The most common sectors of employment for teens are arts and entertainment, recreation, accommodations, and food services. Good Summer Employment Prospects For Teens This Year. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Public Schools Approve WAY Program For Alternative High School

A new alternative high school is being launched by South Haven Public Schools. It’s called the WAY program, which stands for Widening Achievement for Youth, and will be just the seventh program of its kind in the state according to the district. WAY will be on the South Haven campus of Lake Michigan College and will be open to second semester freshmen through 12th graders. They will be working on project-based courses both online and in-person. The district says entrance to WAY South Haven will be limited, and placement will be granted through an application process. There will be openings for non-resident students outside of the district as well, and that will done through Schools of Choice. Superintendent Kevin Schooley says he’s seen the program work in other areas for kids who aren’t buying into the traditional high school experience and then flourish and reengage in their education using WAY.. ...Read Full Story

Auto Insurance Reform Signed By Governor Whitmer

Governor Whitmer has put pen to paper and made it official. After years of trying by lawmakers, the no-fault auto insurance system in Michigan has been overhauled. She signed Senate Bill 1 into law this morning on Mackinac Island, a bipartisan reform of the system which lawmakers say will result in lower prices for insurance premiums. The bill was sponsored by Lawton Republican Aric Nesbitt.. ...Read Full Story

Contract Being Extended To Herrera for Superintendent Post In Farmington

Benton Harbor Area Schools CEO Robert Herrera is the pick of the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education for the position of superintendent in that district. After a lengthy session Wednesday night that included interviews with Herrera and the superintendent of the Redford Union School District, the Farmington board came back with Herrera as its choice out of the two. The board voted four to three to extend a contract to Herrera. Members of the Farmington board said they got overwhelmingly positive references for him. Herrera is a former superintendent for South Haven Public Schools who came to Benton Harbor last year as the district’s CEO with oversight from the state under its cooperative agreement with the district. If Herrera takes the job in Farmington, which is in the Detroit area, it happens just as that cooperative agreement ends late next month. At this point, a negotiation period between Farmington and Herrera begins.. ...Read Full Story

Upton, Dingell Discuss Overcoming Partisan Divides

Partisan divides can be overcome by putting in the effort to get to know people. That’s the bottom line from a panel discussion at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference between Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell of Dearborn and Republican Congressman Fred Upton of St. Joseph. Dingell says she tells students to stop texting and call people or talk to them face-to-face. She adds when it comes to next year’s election, she’s told the Democratic National Committee they’re wrong to exclude Fox News from their 2020 presidential debates.. ...Read Full Story