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GRAND HAVEN TWP. —Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ transportation department employees are doing a little bit of everything these days.

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Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Andy Ingall announced his retirement via a press release Friday afternoon.

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School board meetings typically are a place where polite arguments and differing opinions are welcomed. But in Ottawa County, and across the state, animosity has been swelling in recent meetings, leaving school board members wondering if it’s all worthwhile.

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With a heat advisory in effect across West Michigan, many local schools responded by closing their doors.

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U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga dressed up in his uniform – a gray suit and a red tie – for his visit to Ferry Elementary School on Wednesday to celebrate the opening day of school.

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With classes right around the corner, it’s time to get kids ready for a return to school.

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MUSKEGON — Muskegon Community College President Dale K. Nesbary announced Thursday that he will retire in June 2022, concluding 44 years in higher education, research and leadership.

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The state’s top doctor said Wednesday she has advised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that a mask mandate for K-12 schools would help keep children safe when they return to classrooms this fall, but Whitmer and state health department Director Elizabeth Hertel have yet to take action on that recommendation.

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After a contentious meeting in the cafeteria at White Pines Intermediate School, the Grand Haven school board voted Tuesday to require masks for all of the district’s staff and students to start the coming school year.

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HOLLAND — Hope College has announced initial COVID-19 mitigation plans for the fall and will not be requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students to start the semester. However, non-vaccinated students will be subject to additional protocols on campus.

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Back-to-school 2021 was supposed to herald relief — even celebration – for a mostly normal school year ahead. But a surge in the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus has reignited parents’ anxiety – and, for many, the safety and quality of schooling once again feel uncertain an…

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The Grand Haven and Spring Lake school districts will not require masks when students return to the classroom this fall.

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LANSING (AP) — The University of Michigan and Michigan State University will require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the fall semester.

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When Rachel Poel was a student teacher at Mary A. White Elementary School and sitting next to her coordinating teacher, she opened her planner and wrote one simple statement: “Someday I will work at Mary A. White.”

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HOLLAND — A pilot program by Hope College and Western Theological Seminary to provide a Christian liberal arts education to incarcerated men at the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Muskegon has shown such initial success that the college is now pursuing accreditation for a full Bachelor of …

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The Greater Ottawa County United Way is putting on its annual Stuff the Bus drive through Aug. 4 to provide kids in need with backpacks and school supplies.

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LANSING — Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $17.1 billion K-12 budget, one that will eliminate a longstanding base per-student funding gap among districts and boost overall funding by a substantial 10 percent.

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The Tri-Cities Family YMCA has been awarded $77,780 from the Michigan Department of Education to provide learning opportunities for children in summer programs.

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MUSKEGON — With declining COVID-19 positivity rates in the region, Muskegon Community College announced its transition on Monday to Phase 5 of its six-phase Campus Plan to Reunite.

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Holland resident Robyn Afrik and incumbent Carol Slagh, a Zeeland resident, were elected Monday to fill two seats on the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District Board of Education.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Peach Plains Elementary School students had a hand in creating a new ice cream flavor that will help celebrate the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation’s 50th anniversary.

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KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University has received a $550 million donation, the largest single gift ever given to any public university in the nation, the school will announce at a 1 p.m. Tuesday news conference.

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FRUITPORT — Jenna Springstead, the senior speaker for Friday night’s commencement, challenged her classmates at Fruitport High School to continue to choose kindness every day, no matter the circumstances.