2/14/2023: KPS interviews search firms
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Tuesday, February 14, 2023
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KPS is interviewing search firms to help find its new superintendent. Also: A fight between the county and the owners of a lakefront cottage is ongoing. And emergency crews rescued a person from a garbage truck.
KPS interviews superintendent search firms
The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education moved its search for a new superintendent forward last night. The board is in the process of selecting a firm to conduct the search. On Monday, board members spoke to two potential firms: the Nebraska-based McPherson and Jacobson and the Lansing-based Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). They plan to interview a third firm later this week. Board members emphasized that they want a pool of candidates that is diverse and perhaps even includes non-traditional candidates.
Both search firms offer guarantees for their services. “If there is a concern, particularly with the candidate, within the first two years of them being in the position, we will come back and do the search for you free of charge,” said Dr. Shelley Jones-Holt of McPherson and Jacobson told the board. MASB offers a similar guarantee, though theirs only extends for one year. Board President TiAnna Harrison said they have a tight timeline. They want to have somebody hired by May 18. The consultants said that may be possible as the school year winds down and current administrators look for new jobs.
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County continuing battle over lakefront cottage
A long saga over the ownership of a cottage on Gourdneck Lake doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon. Last week, a judge denied the county’s attempt to take ownership of the cottage through eminent domain. But county officials say that’s just another step in the ongoing legal battle. A county spokesperson said that ruling isn’t on the merits of the lawsuit and that another hearing will be held at a later date.
The dispute stems from a house that sits adjacent to the county’s Prairie View Park. The original owners, the Talanda family, agreed in 1963 to sell the land to the county once all signatories had died. The last of those signatories, Edmund Talanda Sr., passed away in March of 2019. But those who inherited the property aren’t eager to get rid of it and have fought the county every step of the way. [MLive]
Seeking input for old Boy Scout camp
It has been several years since Kalamazoo County’s Boy Scout camp formally shut its doors. The county has since bought the old camp Rota-Kiwan in Texas Township and officials want the public to weigh in on what they should do with it. Kalamazoo County Parks will hold an open house-style master plan workshop on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30pm. It will be in the Main Expo Room of the County Expo Center.
“This is a special 212 acres located in Texas Township,” said County Parks Director David Rachowicz in a press release. The former camp features a 40-acre lake, a 16-acre pond, and miles of hiking trails. It also has several cabins, dining halls, picnic shelters, and other structures, though those haven’t been used in years and will need to be evaluated to see if they’re still fit for use. The workshop will give officials an idea of what members of the public would want out of the new park. The park, incidentally, will be called the Arthur E. & Mildred H. Woollam Preserve. [Kalamazoo County]
Crews rescue person from garbage truck
Emergency services in Comstock Township received a strange call Monday morning: someone was trapped in a garbage truck and needed rescuing. Comstock Fire & Rescue responded to a location on Gull Road and found a person trapped inside the garbage collection area of a garbage truck. The person had been sleeping inside a dumpster when the sanitation worker came to collect the garbage. The driver was alerted to the person’s presence when they yelled for help. Fortunately, the person wasn’t seriously injured and was taken to a hospital for treatment. [Fox 17]
A Benefit Concert for The Tiny House Pilot Project
The Skeletones | Samuel Nalangira | Headband Henny
Thursday, Feb. 16
6:30pm @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
$10 | 21+
A night of live music in the Bell’s Back Room raising money for the Tiny Houses of HOPE Pilot Project, an affordable housing project in Kalamazoo’s Northside neighborhood. It’s part of an ongoing series by Sounds of the Zoo to increase visibility of local artists and the music scene.
Things To Do In Kalamazoo
Film Screening: “The Love Tapes” by Wendy Clarke – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Valentines Day vs. Anti-Valentines Day Party – Kalamazoo Public Library, Central
On the Wings of Love – Kalamazoo Nature Center
Rockzilla Tour! Papa Roach / Falling in Reverse – Wings Event Center
Valentines Coffee & Canvas – Coffee Klutch
Team Game Night: Family Feud – Richland Community Library
“Recipe for a Perfect Wife” by Karma Brown – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
February Chamber Connect – Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill
Board Game Night – Main Street Pub, West Main
Trivia Night at the Bookstore – this is a bookstore
Out of Favor Boys – O’Duffy’s Pub
Crys Matthews w/ Faith Quashie – Bell’s Eccentric Café
See more upcoming events here.
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