Though Wayland school administrators, school board members and teachers refuse to release details about the new employment contract ratified Oct. 13, changes in the school calendar are being announced.
The changes are the result of the new contract, according to Superintendent Norman Taylor, who sent a letter to parents and had it published on the schools’ web site.
Taylor’s letter is as follows:
By Jeff Salisbury
As the mainstream and not-so-mainstream media — and some political candidates — foster fears about a full-blown Ebola outbreak in the U.S., shouldn't someone in charge tell the public what the heck’s going on? How about a surgeon general?
Sarah Brewer, a 2006 graduate of Wayland High School and daughter of WHS girls' cross-country coach Sue Brewer, finished first in her age bracket, females ages 25 to 29, in the half marathon race Sunday in Grand Rapids. Since her graduation, Brewer has been persistent in running, competing marathons and other races all over the Midwest. (Photo supplied)
Though Wayland will have only one name on the ballot for three school board positions, Hopkins will have five candidates vying for the three open six-year seats in the Nov. 4 election.
Incumbent John Myers will be joined by four newcomers, Ben Brenner, Jay Gibson, Traci Rhoades and Tamara Sevenski-Popma.
The following is a sketch of each of the candidates. Four have photos, but there was no “mug shot” of Gibson available.
by Amy Kerr Hardin
Gov. Rick Snyder, who has been howling mad about Mark Schauer’s assertion that he cut education spending by a billion dollars, has some ‘splainin to do about his latest ad claiming he invested “a billion dollars in our kids.”
The ad features Pam Williams, a retired public school teacher who just happens to moonlight as a key GOP operative. Jeff Salisbury, of the WaylandTown Broadcast, reports:
Hopkins’ best-ever boys’ soccer season came to an end Saturday in the district finals at Comstock with a 1-0 loss in triple overtime to Grand Rapids South Christian.
Jett DenHartigh scored the game winner in the third extra session.
Viking goalie Connor Kukulies was outstanding, posting a shutout over regulation time against a team that has made four trips to the state Division 3 finals in the seven years.
Hopkins completed the campaign with a 12-9-3 overall record.
Wayland High School junior Ali Martus finished 10th in the Division 3 state golf meet Friday and Saturday at the Forest Akers Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State University.
Martus, who earlier this month qualified for her third straight trip to the state championships as an individual, carded an 84 for 18 holes of play Friday and came back Saturday with an 82 for a 36-hole total of 166.
by Jon Gambee
Nate Morris scored on runs of 15 and 53 yards and sophomore defensive back Luke VanPutten intercepted a Bloomingdale pass with 1:29 left to play in the game and Martin won for the second time this season, beating the Cardinals 14-0 in a steady rain.
Hopkins clinched at least a share of the O-K Silver Conference football championship Friday night with a 74-0 pasting of Wyoming Lee.
The victory moved the Vikings’ overall record to 7-1 and 4-0 in league play. If they can beat Wyoming Godwin Heights next Friday night, they’ll win the crown outright after having to share that honor a year ago with North Pointe Christian and Calvin Christian.
The victory also improved Hopkins’ position in its ninth consecutive post-season playoff position. The Vikings will play the first round on Halloween night and would like to have home field advantage.
Four Wayland boys placed among the top 15 Friday afternoon in the Allegan County cross-country meet, as the Wildcats finished third among the eight teams in the competition.
Wayland girls took fourth in their meet, just behind Hopkins, at the Martin Motor Sports Park.
Otsego, which captured places two through five and seventh, won the boys’ meet with 21 points, Hamilton was second with 53 and the Wildcats checked in with 69.