Deubner named new Cassopolis school board president

CASSOPOLIS — For the first time since 2013, the Cassopolis Board of Education will have a new president.

At its regular Monday night meeting, the board elected new officers. Deb Deubner was selected as its new president as she defeated long-time president Scott Ward, who was not at the meeting, by a vote of 4-2.

Amanda Smego was elected in as vice president, Teresa Dahlgren as secretary and Jesse Bement as treasurer. All three positions were unopposed.

“I hope that I don’t disappoint,” Deubner said. “I will do my best for everybody here and everybody in the school community. I love Cassopolis, and I love the school. Thank you for having confidence in me.”

The board approved a revised 2020-21 general fund budget unanimously.

Prior to approving, the board got some good news from Geri Vlasicak, business manager. She informed the board that the district is on track to be in better financial shape than when it approved the preliminary budget last June.

At that time, the district was looking at a loss of $428,570. Current numbers show the district saving $283,762, with an expected loss of $144.208.

Cassopolis’ fund balance will also be in better shape than expected at this point. In June, the district was expected to have its fund balance drop from $2,010,696 to $1,5,126. The new numbers show that figure would be $1,865,888.

The board also approved its extended learning plan, following a Brooke Brawley presentation, curriculum and grants coordinator.

News

United appoints mortgage advisor in Niles

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: Jan. 18-25

Berrien County

Niles teen who fled police will get probation

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 551,080 cases, 14,326 deaths

News

Niles City Hall to be closed on Fridays through March 12

Berrien County

Winter weather advisory in effect for Berrien, Cass counties Monday evening

Buchanan

Driver rescued from St. Joseph River sustains minor injuries

Community News

Niles Girl Scouts host drive-thru cookie sale

Cass County

MEC announces new grant program

Cass County

Cass County 4-H announces ‘Equine Education Thursdays’

News

Niles Police Log: Jan 14-19

Cass County

Dowagiac man pleads guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct

Business

Dowagiac business cited for COVID-19 safety violations

Cass County

Cass County Chief Judge talks COVID’s impact on treatment court

News

Historians, archaeologists with ties to Fort St. Joseph to give free lectures

Buchanan

Commission votes to make One Buchanan official city board

Berrien County

Businesses in Berrien, Cass counties report disparities in mandate enforcement

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg/Ontwa Township Police Log: Jan. 11-18

Berrien County

Berrien County’s only homeless shelter raising money for repair

Cass County

Cass County commissioners approve five-year parks plan

Cass County

Woman ordered to pay back money taken from disabled son

Dowagiac

Ascension CAO provides vaccine update to Rotary

Berrien County

Spectrum Health Lakeland, Berrien County Health Department give joint update on COVID-19 immunizations, numbers

Cass County

Niles man sentenced to probation, jail time for 27th criminal conviction