To Benzie County Central Schools, Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools, Kingsley Area Schools and Leland Public School for finishing among the top school districts in the state in Academic State Champ rankings released by Bridge Magazine. Benzie Central was 10th, Frankfort-Elberta 11th, Kingsley 13th and Leland 17th. The rankings were based on a formula intended to calculate student performance relative to socioeconomic levels. The magazine compared district scores on standardized tests.
n To a host of individuals, businesses and agencies for working to open empty hotel and motel rooms to the homeless during dangerous winter conditions. The players include Third Level Crisis Intervention Center volunteer Kathy Kelly, who is also General Manager of the Sleep Inn, the Women’s Resource Center, the Goodwill Inn, the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Pete’s Place Youth Shelter, Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse, the state Department of Human Services, the Crestwood Motel in Acme, the Econo Lodge in Blair Township, Doug Dornbos of Cherry Capital Cab and the AmericInn in East Bay Township. Their combined efforts are making it safer for those who don’t have shelter from the cold.
n To Doris Ellery, who was selected to fill a vacancy on the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education. The other two finalists were Todd Sanders and Craig Wesley. Ellery was born into a third-generation cherry farming family. She graduated from TCAPS, attended Northwestern Michigan College and earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. She and her husband Rick Ellery moved back to Traverse City from St. Louis in 1996.
n To a group of area parents who will meet with state lawmakers and local school officials to lobby for improved services for dyslexia students. The parents are part of a statewide group called Decoding Dyslexia MI. Parent Terra Walters said dyslexia is the most common learning disability but schools are not doing enough about it. Walters said the meeting will focus on local services for dyslexia students and legislation in Lansing aimed at improving student reading proficiency that do not address dyslexia.