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My Town: Interview dates set for MAISD superintendent finalists

My Town: Interview dates set for MAISD superintendent finalists

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (MAISD)---  The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District is moving fast to find its next superintendent.

The MAISD Board of Education has scheduled first-round interviews for applicants on April 17 and April 21.  After whittling down the pool of candidates, they'll interview the finalists a second time on May 12 and May 14.

The MAISD posted the superintendent job online on March 7, officially beginning their search for Superintendent Dave Sipka's replacement.  Sipka is retiring June 30.

The MAISD is an educational services center located in Muskegon County on the shores of Lake Michigan, 30 miles west of Grand Rapids. The district provides leadership, programs, and services to 11 local public school districts and four public school academies serving nearly 29,000 students.  

My Town: Former Ponzi scheme victim appointed to MAISD post

My Town: Former Ponzi scheme victim appointed to MAISD post

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--  A new person is in charge of finances at the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

On Monday, March 17, the MAISD Board of Education appointed Michael Schluentz to the position of Associate Superintendent for Administrative  Services.  Schluentz currently serves as the executive director of management services for Fruitport Community Schools.  He has more than 21 years of experience in school finance at Fruitport, Mona Shores, Saginaw Township and Lake City area schools.

MAISD Superintendent Dave Sipka says Schluentz’s experience, paired with his unfortunate experience as a victim of a Ponzi scheme, makes him valuable.

“When you discover you have been deceived by someone like Dante DeMiro, it causes you to be more cautious and incredibly suspicious. Mike has grown from this tragedy. After working directly with the FBI, he knows better than anyone how to protect financial assets,” adds Sipka.

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  Baker College of Muskegon is home to the pastry chef of the year in the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Masterpiece Chocolate-Pastry Competition.

This is the second consecutive year Justin Raha has won the honor.  Raha is an instructor at Baker’s Culinary Institute of Michigan.  He’s also the owner and executive pastry chef of Grand Finale Desserts & Pastries in Grand Haven.

All competitors had to create a chocolate display piece, a chocolate anniversary cake and plate presentation and a petite four presentation with eight bonbons, in honor of the event’s 25th anniversary.

My Town: Students shine in auto collision and refinishing contest

My Town: Students shine in auto collision and refinishing contest

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (MAISD)--  Six students from the Auto Collision/Refinishing program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center took part in the regional SkillsUSA competition on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

MACTC students finished the day with a clean sweep in both the automotive collision and automotive refinishing categories.

The competition between students from the MACTC and students from the Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center included seven separate timed events.  Competitors in automotive collision performed tasks in mig welding, metal repair, plastic repair, and estimating. The automotive refinishing competitors were assigned tasks of color blending, masking, panel painting, and estimating.

My Town: MAISD board begins search to replace retiring superintendent

My Town: MAISD board begins search to replace retiring superintendent

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (MAISD)---With an online job posting Friday, March 7,  the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Board of Education officially began their search for a new superintendent.

The posting follows a special board meeting earlier this week with consultant Gary Rider. Rider is Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute selected to lead the search effort.

During the meeting, Rider explained the process to be followed and tentative timeline for the search for a replacement for retiring Superintendent Dave Sipka. According to Rider, the board also discussed the importance of feedback from parents, students, staff, and the community. “Our firm will be facilitating focus group meetings with each of these groups to gather data for the Board to consider when developing an ideal candidate profile,” said Rider. 

My Town: Baker College students heading to national competition

My Town: Baker College students heading to national competition

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A group of Baker College students are heading to a national business competition in Indianapolis.

Five of six students who are part of the Baker College Business Professionals of America team will compete at the national BPA conference, which runs April 30 to May 4.  The qualifying students earned the following honors during the state conference in Grand Rapids:

  • Chad Bazzett, of North Muskegon, won two first place awards, in Computer Security and in Information Technology Concepts, and two second-place awards, in Computer Network Technology and in Systems Administration Using Cisco.
  • Joshua Hooker, North Muskegon, won first place in Network Administration Using Microsoft and two third-place awards, in Computer Network Technology and in PC Servicing & Troubleshooting.
  • Kody Hesselink, Muskegon, took third in Systems Administration Using Cisco and fourth in Computer Net

North Muskegon's Caleb Dibble named McDonald's Crew Person of the Year

North Muskegon's Caleb Dibble named McDonald's Crew Person of the Year
NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Caleb Dibble, 22, of North Muskegon has been named McDonald’s  2013 Crew Person of the Year.Dibble has been a crew trainer at the McDonald’s on Whitehall Road in North Muskegon since June 2010.  The award, established in 2002, honors the top crew persons across the country and spotlights the contribution that crew members make to delivering exceptional customer satisfaction. The annual award is given to a crew member who delivers exceptional customer service.