Lansing Schools' Superintendent Caamal Canul announces retirement

Lansing School District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul plans to celebrate the opening of a new school and the completion of district construction projects before completing her career. Members of the Lansing School District Board of Education accepted Caamal Canul’s plan to retire on Jan. 1, six months before her contract is set to expire in June 2020. She will see the opening of the new Eastern High School in September and usher in the new school year before transitioning out, putting a cap on a 45-year career in education and closing a tenure as school district superintendent that began in 2012. Deputy superintendent of five years Mark Coscarella will serve as acting superintendent. He

Derek Jeter’s foundation donates $3M to Kalamazoo Central High School

The organization founded by Kalamazoo Central High School graduate and former New York Yankees player Derek Jeter donated over $3 million to the district for a new baseball and softball complex. The school’s baseball and softball complex, which was named the Derek Jeter Field in 2012, will be renovated with about $3.2 million donated by the Turn 2 Foundation, Interim Superintendent Gary Start said in a Board of Education meeting Thursday, July 25. The donation will provide for completely renovated and reorientated fields at the Derek Jeter Field Complex. Renovations will include new seating, new dugouts and synthetic turf, Start said. The project is scheduled to be completed by late spring 2

Veteran gets Battle Creek high school diploma after 53 years

Paul Masters was only a couple of credits away from graduating Battle Creek Central High School when he got the call to join the U.S. Navy 53 years ago. “You never know how much not graduating high school goes through your mind,” Masters said. Battle Creek Public Schools honored the Vietnam War veteran with his high school diploma in a ceremony at the Battle Creek Public Schools Administration Building on Tuesday afternoon. “We hope you can serve as a model that it is never too late to finish your education,” said Superintendent Kimberly Carter prior to giving Masters his diploma. Masters was born in raised in Battle Creek. He joined the Navy Reserve in 1965 when he was going into his junior

Niles Community Schools offers pop-up libraries to boost summer reading

In partnership with Meet Up and Eat Up and the United Way of Southwest Michigan, Niles Community Schools offers pop-up library events that allow students to take home a book of their choice for free. This year, the number of pop-up library events increased from six to 13 and will take place at the following times and locations, including several dates still remaining before the 2019-20 school year begins. Tuesday, June 18 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at Shotley Park, 2547-2553 Huntly Road Tuesday, June 25 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at Niles District Library, 620 East Main Street Thursday, June 27 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at Arbor Trails, 1615 North 5th Street Tuesday, July 2 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at Arbor

Flint Community Schools begins district-wide "balanced" calendar in 2019-20

Flint public schools is positioning itself to be the largest urban district in Michigan to have a "balanced" calendar for all of its schools for 2019-20, a move education experts say can reduce summer learning loss and provide more learning opportunities for students who lack them. A balanced calendar features 180 days of instruction just like a traditional school calendar, but students in Flint will start the school year Aug. 7, end classes June 18 and get six breaks of four to 10 days — called "intersessions" — throughout the year. Students will be in class for roughly 35 school days to study defined units of work, followed by an intersession, Flint Superintendent Derrick Lopez said. Stude

Beaumont Teen Health Center Serves Wayne County Youth

For more than 25 years a healthcare center located at River Rouge High School has served Wayne County community members aged 10-21. The clinic is funded by the Beaumont Foundation and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services/Michigan Department of Education with support from the River Rouge School District. Services include: School, sports, and camp physicals Immunizations - school shots Sick Care Asthma Screening and Management Vision and Hearing Testing Health Promotion Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling Services/Crisis Management* Pregnancy and STD Testing* HIV testing and counseling* Nutrition counseling Prevention education Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace assistance *

MCEA Board Member Teresa Weatherall Neal Retires After 45 Years of Service

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal is retiring Monday, stepping away from the district in which she has been passionately engaged for decades. A product of the Grand Rapids public school system, Neal started working for the district as a teenager, and slowly moved up the ranks to eventually become the leader and face of GRPS. “I have loved this district my whole life,” said Neal, who has been superintendent for the last seven years, capping off 43 years of work for the district in various capacities. “My legacy is just providing hope, getting people to believe as I do that these children are worthy of greatness and need to be supported. There is no way you can

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