Ottawa County special education school closes after staff member tests positive for coronavirus

ALLENDALE, MI – The Ottawa Area Center, a public school serving students with cognitive impairments, is closed to in-person instruction for one week after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.



a person in a blue blanket: Registered Nurse Hailey Allen changes gloves while testing patients for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mercy Health Saint Mary's drive-through testing center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Patients must have a doctor's order to receive a test. Mercy Health also offers a testing site in Muskegon.


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Registered Nurse Hailey Allen changes gloves while testing patients for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s drive-through testing center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Patients must have a doctor’s order to receive a test. Mercy Health also offers a testing site in Muskegon.

About 50 students and staff have been placed in quarantine following the positive test result, according to a news release issued by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The suspension of in-person instruction is effective Thursday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 16, district officials said. The school will use remote learning during the facility’s closure.

The school,

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Olmsted Falls Board of Education looking to fill vacant board member and treasurer positions

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — After serving more than 15 years on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, Joe Bertrand resigned his position effective Oct. 1 citing personal reasons.



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Olmsted Falls High School.

The district is currently accepting applications through Oct. 13. The appointee will serve the rest of Bertrand’s term, which goes through the end of 2021.

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“We have 30 days to appoint a board member,” said Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Holly Neumann. “We’ll conduct interviews between Oct. 15 and 20. We hope to appoint the seat by Oct. 31.

“We’re looking for someone who is super-engaged and willing to collaborate with other board members, the superintendent and treasurer. We want someone who is going to ask a lot of questions and really dig in and understand.”

The board president said the ideal applicant will have an understanding of school finances and a

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Hanscom FCU recognized for Member Service, Financial Education, Social Responsibility

Hanscom FCU recognized for Member Service, Financial Education, Social Responsibility

HANSCOM AFB, MA (September 29, 2020) — Hanscom Federal Credit Union has received three awards for its commitment to social responsibility by the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA). The credit union placed state-level first place in the $1 billion-plus asset categories for the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award and the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award, and state-level second place in the same asset category for the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award.

The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action commends credit unions that make exceptional efforts to include credit union philosophy in their daily operations and member service. Hanscom FCU won the award for the creation of its compassionate Family Survivorship Guide, designed to help families settle their loved ones’ accounts with the credit union.

The Alphonse Desjardins Award was created to recognize leadership within the credit union

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Florida education commissioner, board member spar over COVID-19 data

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Wednesday criticized “union bosses” and said Florida has been a model for reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a member of the State Board of Education defended leaders of teachers unions and called for better data about children infected with the virus.

The exchange between Corcoran and Board of Education member Michael Olenick came as the state continues to battle the Florida Education Association teachers union in court about a reopening order and as school districts move forward with offering in-person and online classes to students.

Corcoran, a former House speaker who has long sparred with unions, ripped the litigation, which he described as “frivolous” and said was brought by “union bosses.” He also suggested union leaders did not represent the views of teachers, who wanted to be back in classrooms.

“When we opened up schools, you know what every teacher

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