Teachers in Michigan face another tax cut

Teachers in Michigan may face a tax cut that would end their ability to write off up to $250 worth of supplies that they purchase for their classroom. Big Rapids Superintendent Tim Haist has an optimistic outlook if the credit should be cut. Most teachers spend above the $250 anyhow and they are going to continue to do what it takes to have enough supplies in their classroom. Now we will continue to try to support them as best we can as we have done in recent years but just as everyone has been impacted by the economy so have we and so have supply accounts.

BRPS Board of Ed. approves 2011-12 budget; Eastwood Elementary to close

BRPS Board of Ed. selects Tim Haist as next Superintendent

BRPS Board of Ed. could consult outside agency for new Superintendent

BRPS's Tom Langdon named Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent

Sturgis Public Schools has named Tom Langdon its new Superintendent. Langdon will replace SPC's former Superintendent Ron Olsen on July 1, 2011. Langdon has been leading Big Rapids Public Schools for the past 7 years. We'll have more on this developing story when it becomes available.  


Big Rapids School District is closed for the day due to a power outage.

However, St. Peters's Lutheran School and St. Michaels Catholic School are open today.


BR School Board discusses general fund budget

Area schools to see slight increases in funding after Count Day

Today was a very important school day, not only throughout the rest of the state, but in our own backyards. Public schools throughout the counties held Count Day and school districts needed every student to be in class because enrollment numbers translate into state funding.

BRPS cuts Great Start Program to balance budget

The Big Rapids Public School Board approved its budget for the 2010-11 school year, but without having to make some tough decisions. The school board decided to eliminate the Great Start Readiness Program from BRPS which will save the district $100,000. With the adoption, the district’s budget will have an estimated fund balance of $202,000 as of July 1, and a projected ending balance of $447,000 for June of 2011. BRPS will not be eliminating any teacher’s positions.

BRPS scores well on MEAP

MEAP test scores were released last week and Big Rapids Public Schools posted strong scores in math, scoring above the state average in five out of six grade levels tested. BRPS Superintendent Dr. Tom Langdon says he’s happy with the scores but, thinks there needs to be improvements in reading. Reading scores on the MEAP rose in all grades statewide compared to the previous year.

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