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My Town: New superintendent takes over the helm at MAISD

My Town: New superintendent takes over the helm at MAISD

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.— Dr. John Severson is officially on the job as Muskegon Area Intermediate School's superintendent.

Severson officially takes over the post July 1, one day after the retirement of former superintendent Dave Sipka. The MAISD board officially offered the position to Severson on May 29.

Severson previously served as superintendent of Harper Creek Community Schools for a decade.  He also worked as a community education administrator at Portage Public Schools and principal of Harper Creek High School.  He holds a doctorate and master’s in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

 

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.

My Town Montague: District auctions off school equipment

My Town Montague: District auctions off school equipment

MONTAGUE, Mich.—Montague Area Public Schools is cleaning out its closet to help cover future bills.

Now through 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, the district is auctioning off non-essential equipment to raise additional funding for the upcoming school year.  Woodworking equipment, a 1954 Ford 2000 tractor, compressor, score boards, tables, chairs, desks and cafeteria equipment are among the items up for bid.  You can find the entire inventory on Orbitbid.com, which is hosting the online auction.

For more auction information, call (866) 678-4806.

 

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town: School chief believes Heights decision is step in right direction

My Town: School chief believes Heights decision is step in right direction

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District)-- Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent Dave Sipka said Tuesday he believes Muskegon Heights Public School Academy’s decision to “self-manage the school” is a step in the right direction.

Sipka and Gregory Weatherspoon, Muskegon Heights Public Schools’ emergency manager, held a joint press conference to answer questions about the solution to keep neighborhood schools open while continuing to improve academic results.

WINGS and Summer Fun programs open for enrollment

WINGS and Summer Fun programs open for enrollment

WINGS and Summer Fun programs open for enrollment

The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is now enrolling elementary and middle school students in two different summer programs. The WINGS program: Widening Interests through New experiences for Gifted Students is being offered for students currently in first through sixth grades. The Summer Fun program is available for students currently in fifth through seventh grades. All WINGS classes are taught at Muskegon Community College while all Summer Fun classes are taught at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center.

MAISD decides Severson is “best fit” for new Superintendent

MAISD decides Severson is “best fit” for new Superintendent

MAISD decides Severson is “best fit” for new Superintendent

The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education has extended an offer to Harper Creek Community Schools Superintendent John Severson, Ph.D. to serve as their new superintendent. The board voted unanimously to offer Severson the position during a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. this evening.

 

MAISD Board President Dwight Vines said Severson conveyed that he is eager and excited to serve as the MAISD Superintendent. “I was treated very well by members of the staff and community during my visits, and I look forward to getting to know everyone better. I am humbled to have been selected to serve the MAISD in this way,” said Severson.