Watervliet Superintendent Schooley negotiating contract with South Haven Public Schools
By Kristy Noack Kevin Schooley, superintendent of Watervliet Public Schools since 2010, has entered into contract negotiations with the South Haven Public Schools Board of Education for the position of superintendent. Schooley, the lone candidate for the SHPS superintendent’s position, participated in a second round interview as well as a community open house Tuesday evening before being offered the position. Should contract negotiations be successful, it will – in a sense – mark a return home for Schooley. He and his family currently reside in South Haven. His daughter Katherine is a junior at the high school, and his wife Lori teaches second grade at Lincoln Elementary in the South Haven school district.
Bill Spaulding, president of the Watervliet Public Schools Board of Education said, “We’ve been delighted with Mr. Schooley’s performance as superintendent for the last eight years. We’re proud of what this board has achieved under his leadership. We’re not surprised his services would be desirable to other larger schools. We certainly wish him the best as he takes on other larger responsibilities”.
Following the interviews of all four candidates, the SHPS board elected to invite Schooley back for a second interview. He was the only candidate to move on to round two. Prior to being appointed superintendent at Watervliet, Schooley was the North Elementary principal for 12 years. Before his career in administration began, he was a teacher at South Haven Public Schools, Fowlerville Public Schools, and Bay City Public Schools. Schooley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education and elementary education from Western Michigan University. His graduate work was completed at Grand Valley State University where he successfully completed a master’s degree in educational leadership. Contract negotiations will begin this week.
Coloma officials in place for the New Year; Commission votes to “opt out” of marijuana
By Nancy Albright The Coloma City Council welcomed new commissioners and appointees at their regular meeting on November 12. Newly elected City Commissioner Fred Reeves was a detective for the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department. Now retired, Reeves will serve as Chairman of the Police Board, as well as a member of the city’s Ordinance Committee and Water Service Advisory Board. Returning Commissioner Julie Smith was appointed to the Cemetery Board and the Public Works Committee, and will serve on the Ordinance Committee with Reeves and Chair Jason Hicks. Commissioner Linda Freitag was re-elected to another term and will chair the Fire Board, and serve on the Finance Committee with Jason Hicks and Chair Kent Churchill. Freitag will also work with City Clerk Martha Darling on the administrative side.
VETERANS DAY BREAKFAST…Military veterans and their spouses were invited for breakfast on Monday, Nov. 12 at Coloma High School to celebrate Veteerans Day. This is the 43rd year for this special event. At the conclusion of breakfast, the veterans and their guests were entertained by Boy Scouts of American Troop 696, Coloma Varsity Singers, and Taps played by members of the Coloma High School Band. They were also invited up on stage to be honored by the student population and staff. (Contributed photo)