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Report Finds Foster Kids Shortchanged

Too many foster youth in Michigan struggle in their transitions to adulthood, trying to go to school, get a job, and find a place to live, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Bobby Dorigo Jones, with the nonprofit Michigan’s Children, says that many young people, especially children of color, get bounced around in foster homes. He tells us that disrupts their relationships with family, friends, and counselors, and can make it harder to graduate from high school.. ...Read Full Story

BHAS Partnership With WMU

A new partnership is in place between Benton Harbor Area Schools and Western Michigan University. Benton Harbor Area Schools CEO Robert Herrera made it official this week, bringing in WMU to provide training to district teachers and to develop new teachers. WMU Dean of Education Ming Li told WSJM News the agreement covers teacher professional development and providing social and psychological services to students. They’re also looking to develop more special education instructors.. ...Read Full Story

Andrews University Announces Partnership With Ghana

Andrews University has announced a new formal partnership with the government of Ghana. At a meeting this week, Andrews President Andrea Luxton signed the agreement with the Ghana ambassador to the United States to create educational opportunities for that country’s citizens. The university tells us it’s part of the Ghana government’s commitment to improve education, including a focus on assuring a free high school education for each of its citizens and expanding opportunities for university-level education. Luxton says Andrews University is “proud to be one of the most ethnically and internationally diverse national universities in the United States,” and the agreement expands its commitment to a place where world changes are made. This new agreement will welcome its first participants in summer 2019.. ...Read Full Story

Body Found On Shore Of Lake Michigan

Michigan State Police are investigating the discovery of a body on the Lake Michigan shore in Allegan County. The body was found north of South Haven around 8 a.m. Wednesday, and investigators say it appears to have been there for some time. There’s no word yet on the person’s identity or gender, how they died, or where they may have washed up from.. ...Read Full Story

South Haven Schools Pick New Superintendent

South Haven Public Schools is going with Kevin Schooley as the new superintendent. The board of education voted unanimously to hire him away from the same job in Watervliet to succeed Robert Herrera. Herrera left to become the CEO of Benton Harbor Area Schools this year. Schooley is a long-time South Haven resident and taught at Central Elementary School in the district for five years until 1998. He has been the Watervliet superintendent since 2010. Schooley laid out a 90-day transition plan during his second interview with the school board, which included getting familiar with the district’s strengths and weaknesses through data review, sharing, and planning. A three-member committee of the school board will now begin contract talks with Schooley. His start date is pending those negotiations.. ...Read Full Story

New Code Of Conduct At BHAS Approved

The new code of conduct for students at Benton Harbor Area Schools is now officially in place. At Tuesday’s CEO meeting, district CEO and Superintendent Robert Herrera signed off on the plan that he tells WSJM News does more than just lays out rules and penalties as the old code of conduct did.. ...Read Full Story

Bridgman Police Remind Public Of Phone Scam

The Bridgman Police Department has put out a warning about a phone scam. It says it’s been getting calls from local reisdents who have been contacted by someone claiming their children or grandchildren have been arrested. The department says if someone calls you claiming your child needs money to be released, don’t believe them and hang up. The caller will tell the intended victim to go to the bank, withdraw money, and send it to an address that police usually can’t track. It’s all a scam. Police say the callers usually target senior citizens and obtain the names of family members from internet searches.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor Teachers Get Raises

Raises have been approved for teachers at Benton Harbor Area Schools. At Tuesday’s district CEO meeting, Superintendent and CEO Robert Herrera made it official for most of the school system’s teachers. He told WSJM News they’re getting two kinds of raises — retention raises and merit raises. Herrera says due to district financial issues over the years, teachers have been falling further and further behind when it comes to how much they are paid compared to what they should be paid.. ...Read Full Story