5/8/23: The final three

Monday, May 8, 2023

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KPS will hear from the top three contenders for superintendent this evening. Also: Portage wants feedback on its budget for next year and new marijuana rules. And a Friday event will help people with suspended licenses get their driving privileges back.

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KPS to interview superintendent finalists tonight

Tonight’s meeting of the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education ought to bring them a step closer to hiring a new superintendent. The board is down to the top three candidates for the position:

  • Dr. Ty Weeks, a superintendent in Dearborn Heights
  • Dr. Stephanie Jones, an administrator with the Chicago Public Schools
  • Dr. Darrin Slade, a deputy superintendent in Missouri

The interviews will be in person beginning at 6pm. Each is expected to take about an hour and will be livestreamed online. On Tuesday, the candidates will tour the district and meet students and staff. The board wants to get feedback from the community before making a final decision during a special meeting on Thursday.

Portage leaders want feedback on budget, marijuana ordinance

The Portage City Council wants to hear from the public tonight on the city’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, as well as changes to its marijuana dispensary regulations. The council will hold both public hearings tonight before voting on the matters in two weeks.

The city’s budget doesn’t include any tax rate increases, but it would boost water and wastewater service rates by 5% and 8.5%, respectively. The city’s marijuana rules would be revised to allow drive-thru service at dispensaries, while also banning outdoor grow operations.

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Clinic would help restore driving privileges

A free clinic in Kalamazoo on Friday aims to help area residents regain access to their driving privileges. The clinic is being run by the state of Michigan and is geared toward people who have a suspended license. Representatives from the Secretary of State and Attorney General’s offices will help attendees figure out what they need to do to get back on the road.

Under a 2021 law, license suspensions were eliminated as a punishment for certain non-moving violations, as well as for people who failed to pay tickets or appear in court. As a result of that, 150,000 Michiganders saw their suspensions lifted. But others still need to take certain steps to regain their driving privileges. The event is being held at Mt. Zion Baptists Church on Friday from 10am to 5pm. It’s open to walk-ins, but officials are advising people to register online because appointments are filling up fast. [MLive]

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What’s on Your Spiritual Bucket List? – Public Media Network
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Richland-Gull Lake-Augusta Business Townhall – Southwest Michigan First
8:30AM 5/9

Jazz with Barry Ross, Violin, Terry Lower, Jazz Piano – Martell’s
5:30PM 5/9

GLAMA Slow Jam – Kalamazoo Public Library, Central
5:30PM 5/9

Open Mic with THE DOC – Old Dog Tavern
5/9 6:00 PM

Madagascar the Musical – Miller Auditorium
6:30PM 5/9

Trivia night – Shakespeare’s Pub
7:00PM 5/9

Birding the Kleinstuck Preserve – Kalamazoo Nature Center
8:00AM 5/10

Artist Happy Hour – Gigging in the 21st Century with the Edison Jazz Fest – The Clover Room
5:30PM 5/10

The Ice Hours: An Evening with Author Marion Starling Boyer – Richland Community Library
6:00PM 5/10

Board Game Night – Main Street Pub, West Main
6:00PM 5/10

Words and Wine – Distant Whistle Brewhouse
6:00PM 5/10

Field Trip at Kleinstuck Preserve – Audubon Society of Kalamazoo
6:30PM 5/10

3 of a Kind – Hilton Garden Inn
7:00PM 5/10

Dooley and friends – O’Duffy’s Pub
7:00PM 5/10

Karaoke – Shakespeare’s Pub
8:30PM 5/10

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