The Newaygo County Regional Educational Agency
recently purchased the former Providence Christian High School facility and announced
plans to turn it into a new Higher Learning Center.
NC RESA announces plan to use
Providence Christian building
County Regional Educational Service Agency officials announced last week that the former
Providence Christian High School, closed since last fall, will continue to serve Newaygo
officials said that the facility will help NC RESA and several community partners develop
a number of new services.
Board of Education voted in September to buy the school, located three miles south of
Fremont, for $2.5 million.
Oct. 15, the board approved a $1.25 million bond sale to help finance expected renovation
costs, ending a nearly year-long analysis of the purchase.
W. Baird and Company purchased the 10-year Treasury bonds at an average 2.09 percent,
considered an excellent rate due to NC RESAs Standard and Poors A-plus bond
were a number of steps we had to navigate to complete our due diligence, said NC
RESA Superintendent Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark. We are so pleased we could finally
reach this stage.
we have in mind for the Providence facility as an Agricultural Center for Excellence and
Higher Learning Center will be of great benefit to the entire Newaygo County community and
the surrounding region.
Christian High School ceased operations in the fall of 2013. Many of its board members and
members of the Providence Christian Society attended the Oct. 15 NC RESA board meeting to
express their pleasure at the transaction.
Dunning, a Providence board member, thanked NC RESAs board for its support of the
purchase and its vision of the schools future use.
the past couple of years I have learned so much about your programs and what you do for
our community, Dunning told the board.
of us are just very grateful that what we began is finding a way to continue to be put to
good use, Dunning added. We really couldnt be more pleased.
board President David Hewitt said that the board is grateful for the patience,
collaboration and diligence the leaders at Providence Christian provided throughout the
11-month process to buy the building.
took a lot of time and effort and thoroughness by a lot of people to get us to this point,
Hewitt said, mentioning NC RESA staff and board members David Robinson and Ed Haynor, who
represented the board throughout the process.
new facility will help NC RESA and its community partners continue efforts to grow a
competent work force for Newaygo County, Hewitt said.
is part of a long, thought-filled effort to do what we can to provide the best possible
career training and educational opportunities for our young people and our communities,
next 10 months will be spent in getting the Providence facility ready for a fall 2015 opening, Dr. Clark said, which
includes remodeling space for programs that have outgrown their spaces at the Newaygo
County Career-Tech Center.
agency will relocate its Career-Tech Agrisciences program to the
new location, Clark said. The Agriculture program will expand in industry
demand areas of Agriscience, Agribusiness and Agritechnology, with industry partners who
will have a presence at our new facility.
see this alliance as a real key to becoming an Agricultural Center of Excellence,
said Dr. Clark.
the career-tech programs makes room at the Career-Tech Center to grow the popular Newaygo
County Mechatronics and Robotics (NC GEARS) programs.
GEARS is an award-winning STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program
that has consistently placed among the top six teams in yearly international competition.
colleges and an employment service center now housed at NC RESAs 48th Street campus
are part of the expansion, Clark said.
College will move from NC RESAs campus on 48th Street to the Higher Learning Center
and expand program offerings in Newaygo County. Muskegon Community College will also
expand course offerings to allow students to complete their full Associate degree at the
NC RESA campus.
Works! will relocate its Fremont workforce service center to the new Agricultural Center
of Excellence and Higher Learning Center.
growth in Early College of Newaygo County (ECNC) programs requires more classrooms,
Dr. Clark said. ECNC enrollment doubled this year, and will increase another 50
percent in fall 2015.
and others lend support
Fremont Area Community Foundation has made two $125,000 grants to help retrofit space at
the Higher Learning Center for the agrisciences and heavy equipment programs.
Gerber Foundation continues to support the growing STEM Expo, an annual competition to
promote STEM careers with Newaygo County students.
Sen. Goeff Hansen, Rep. Jon Bumstead, Karnemaat Farms, Consumers Concrete and DTE Energy
also played key roles in the acquisition by helping to extend natural gas service to the
project would not have happened otherwise, because utility costs would have been too high
to sustain, Dr. Clark said.
Scott Rios of the
Michigan State Police
released this image of the
suspects he is seeking in
connection with fraudulent
financial transactions in the
Livonia and Newaygo areas.
public's help in identifying fraud suspects
State Police investigators are looking for suspects in connection with fraudulent
financial transactions in the Newaygo and Livonia areas.
Sgt. Scott Rios said that the suspects were able to obtain bank information from the
victim and make deposits with fraudulent checks. Suspects also made several cash
transactions from the bank account.
suspects later made arrangements to meet the victim to obtain some cash, law enforcement
officers were contacted.
Police officers attempted to meet with the suspects, who fled in a newer tan Chevrolet
Impala, a four-door car with black rims. The vehicle was last seen in the Grand Rapids
Rios said that he is seeking help from the public in identifying the suspects in the
fraud. People with information about the crime or the suspects are asked to call D/Sgt
Scott Rios at 231-873-2171 and refer to complaint number 62-5365-14.
County area voters will elect local candidates and ballot proposals, help decide statewide
races and help choose a new U.S. Senator in voting on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.
is a look at the candidates and proposals that local voters will see in the voting booth.
Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Mark Schauer,
Libertarian Mary Buzuma, US Taxpayers candidate Mark McFarlin and Green Party candidate
for Lieutenant Governor include incumbent Brian Nelson Calley (R), Lisa Brown (D), Scotty
Boman (L), Richard Mendoza (UST) and Candace R. Caveny (Green).
of State candidates include incumbent Ruth Johnson (R), Godfrey Dillard (D), James Lewis
(L), Robert Gale (UST), and Jason Robert Gatties (Natural Law).
Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) is being challenged by Mark Totten (D), Justin Altman
(L), Gerald VanSickle (UST), and John Anthony LaPietra (G).
longtime U.S. Senator Carl Levin retiring, the contest for his Senate seat features Terri
Lynn Land (R), Gary Peters (D), Jim Fulner (L), Richard A. Matkin (UST) and Chris Wahmhoff
District U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga (R), faces a challenge from Dean Vanderstelt (D),
Ronald Welch II (L) and Ronald E. Graeser (UST).
District State Senator Goeff Hansen (R) is being challenged by Democrat Cathy Forbes.
District State Representative Jon Bumstead (R) faces a challenge from Mark Edmund Balcom
state Board of Education positions will be on the ballot. Candidates include Republicans
Marla Carl and Jonathan Tade Williams, Democrats Pamela Pugh Smith and Casandra E.
Ulbrich, Libertarians Kimberly Moore, and Gregory Scott Stempfie, US. Taxpayers candidate
John Adams and Karen Adams, Green Party candidate Sherry Wells and Natural law candidate
for the two University of Michigan Board of Regents seats include Rob Steele (R), Ronald
Weiser (R), Mike Behm (D), Kathy White (D), James Lewis Hudler (L), John Jacob (L), Joe
Sanger (UST), Christine Schwartz (UST) and Ian Swanson (G).
for the two Michigan State University Board of Trustees positions include Melanie Foster
(R), Jeff Sakwa (R), Faylene Owen (D), George Perles (D), Michael Miller (L), Raymond
Moses (L), Crystal VanSickle (UST), Stephen Young (UST), Adam Adrianson (G), Terry Link
(G) and Bridgette Guzman (Nat. Law).
for the two Wayne State University Board of Governors seats include Michael Busuito (R),
Satish Jasti (R), Marilyn Kelly (D), Dana Alicia Thompson (D), Dan Goebel (L), Brian
Richard Wright (L), Shari Matkin (UST), Marc Joseph Sosnowski (UST), Margaret Guttshall
(G), Latham Redding (G) and Yolanda Robson (Nat. Law).
seven of the candidates for the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners are running
unopposed as Republians. They include District 1 Commissioner Phil Deur, District 2
candidate Steven Johnson, District 3 Commissioner Chuck Trapp, District 4 Commissioner Jim
Maike Jr., District 5 Commissioner Larry Lethorn, District 6 Commissioner Christian
Ortwein and District 7 Commissioner Pat Gardner.
for township board seats involve little opposition, with all the township candidates are
running unopposed. The townships and candidates include:
Township Trustee: John Avey (R).
Township Supervisor: Cory Nelson (R).
Township Treasurer: Kimberly Edwards (R).
Township Library Board Director: D. Leah Case-Krugler (nonpartisan).
Township Clerk: Jean Stroven (R).
Township Treasurer: William Kunnen (R).
Township Treasurer: Brandy Fleming (R).
Township Clerk: Fran Nelson (R).
Township Trustee: Mellissa Manzagol (R).
Charter Township Trustee: Chris Makin (R).
Nemastil and Jim Smith are running for the position of Village President. Marlene Derks
and Joyce McDonald are running for four-year terms as village Trustees.
for President are Louis Nemastil and Jim Smith
for four-year Trustee terms are Marlene Derks and Joyce McDonald.
for three partial term Trustee positions are Doris DeLong, Mike Farber, Carol Godfrey
Kochans and Brett Kraley.
full-term seats on the Michigan Supreme Court will be decided. Candidates include Richard
Bernstein, Doug Dern, Bill Murphy, James Robert Redford and incumbent Brian Zahra.
for a partial term on the Michigan Supreme Court include Kerry Morgan, Deborah Thomas and
incumbent David Viviano.
Mark Thomas Boonstra and Jane Markey are running unopposed for the two Third District
Court of Appeals seats.
H. Kevin Drake is running unopposed for the local 78th District Judge seat.
in local public school districts will also elect school board members.
Brad Crawford and Susan Jones are running unopposed for the two seats on the board.
Crystal Calkins, Rick St. Peter and Edward Wosinski are running unopposed for three seats
on the board.
Four candidates are running for the three available school board positions, including Jon
Dixon, Kris Lesley, Shawn Moore and Dan Powell.
for three six-year terms include Cheryl Rose, Mary Sturtevant and Scott Wenberg. Katrina
Yates is the lone candidate for the partial term scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2018.
Patrick Broton is the lone candidate for the partial term ending Dec. 31, 2016.
Three four-year terms on the school board are available. Candidates include Amy
Brookhouse, Paul Brueck, Todd Conzemius, Candice Giddings and Jeanine Wildfong.
Bret Brummel and Melissa Swinehart are running unopposed for the two seats on the board. The ballot lists no candidates for a partial term
on the board.
Jim Jones and Harry Stevens are running unopposed for the two seats on the board. No
candidates registered for the partial term position on the board.
Candidates for the three school board seats include Joseph Brooks Jr., Robert Sanders and
Candidates for the two four-year terms are David Murray and Michelle Rasmussen are running
for two four-year terms. Peter Kent and Jeremy Mishler are running for two six-year terms.
Candidates for the three four-year terms include Michelle Bayink, Matthew Shoffner and
Robert Sarachman, Rick Stockhill and Dan Winell are running for the three six-year terms.
Karen Carbonelli and Patricia Hinrichs are running for the two six-year terms and Joyce
Elaine Kitchenmaster and Michael J. Williams are running for the two partial terms ending
Dec. 31, 2016.
Christine Corrigan-Persons is a candidate for the six-year term. Randall Lapreze and
Matthias Stevens are candidates for the two four-year terms and Kenneth Ramsey is a
candidate for the partial term ending Dec. 31, 2016.
Candidates for the three six-year terms are Mary Ann Brodeur, Steve Roomsburg, Troy Allen
Ruel and Craig Scott are candidates for the three six-year terms on the road. No
candidates registered for an available four-year term.
Derrick Bookwalter, Craig Goodman, Ed Raby and Tricia Wirth are running for three
four-year terms on the school board.
Janice Dewey and Jill Fennessy are running for the two six-year terms on the board. Bill
Baker, Chad Bice and Brett Karhoff are running for two four-year terms.
for the four four-year terms include Antonio Briones Jr., Richard Hornsby, Michelle Tanner
and George Wolgamott. Robert Fisher is the lone candidate for the partial term ending Dec.
Rapids Community College:
Debra Bailey, Cynthia Bristol, Jim Harvey and Mike Paskewicz are running for two six-year
terms on the board.
Shore Community College:
Anthony Fabaz and James Jensen are candidates for the two six-year terms.
1: A referendum establishing a hunting season for
wolves and authorizing annual wolf hunting seasons.
A referendum granting the Natural Resources Commission the power to designate wolves and
certain other animals as game without legislative action.
voters will decide on a Fire Protection Millage proposal and a Public Safety Millage
proposal that would reauthorize millages which expired with the 2015 tax levy.
residents will vote on increasing the Operating Millage by 0.5 mill annually for four
school district voters will decide on two bond proposals. Bond Proposal 1 is whether to
borrow the sum not to exceed $1.420 million and for the purpose of purchasing school
buses. Proposal 2 is whether to borrow the sum of not to exceed $4.205 million for the
purpose of acquiring and installing educational technology and equipment for school
buildings, remodeling, furnishing, refurnishing and equipping school buildings and
improving a playground.
in the Cedar
school district will vote on an 18-mill Operating Millage Proposal.
Area Schools voters will decide on an 18-mill Operating Millage Renewal Proposal.
in the Montcalm
district will decide the fate of an operating millage renewal proposal for the community