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My Town: Date set for the Sparta Rodeo's return

My Town: Date set for the Sparta Rodeo's return

SPARTA, Mich.—Get your cowboy hats ready—the date is set for the return of the Sparta Rodeo.

This year’s event will take place Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at 5 p.m. at the Sparta Rodeo Grounds, located at M-37 and 13 Mile Road.  Organizers plan to prepare the grounds beginning August 29.  No glass bottles or dogs will be allowed at the event.  All seating will be on the lawn.

Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for youth ages 6-17 and free for children up to age five.  Camping will also be available from Sept. 2 through Sept. 7; for rates, visit the event site here.

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

My Town: Spring Church Bazaar returns Saturday

My Town: Spring Church Bazaar returns Saturday

KENT CITY, Mich.-- Spring is here, which means it's time for the Spring Church Bazaar.

The event showcases booths filled with one-of-a-kind gifts made available by artists and vendors.  The bazaar is open Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will also have the opportunity to check out delicious baked goods and experience lunch during this spring craft show. Proceeds from the luncheon and bake sale will benefit the Adopt-A-Family program.

Admission is $1.  The Spring Church Bazaar will take place at Mamrelund Church located on 4085 Lutheran Church Road in Kent City.  For more information, call (616) 887-8873 or visit www.mamrelund.weebly.com.

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum. 

My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The search for Kent Intermediate School District’s next superintendent is down to two people.

After the first round of interviews this week, the Kent ISD School board whittled down the pool of four finalists to two- Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; and Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools.  Superintendents Dr. Curtis Finch of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD and Dr. Sara Magana Shubel of East Grand Rapids Public Schools were not selected for second round interviews.

Caniff and Martin will be interviewed a second time Tuesday, March 31.  The person selected for the job will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring on June 30, after nine years of leading Kent ISD.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.