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Muskegon Board of Education Instates Two Members, Elects Rev. Louis Churchwell As Board President

Tuesday’s meeting also saw the installment of Tasha Bibbs-Oakes and Earl “Bill” O’Brien to the board. Oakes defeated O’Brien on Election Day in November 2011. Last week, O’Brien received the appointment to Poole’s old seat. O’Brien was chosen among a pool of four candidates, including DeMario Phillips and Debra Brazil Griffin, who both ran unsuccessfully in November.

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200 Turkeys and Other Food Distributed By 103.7 The Beat and Community Partners

103.7 The Beat did the turkey giveaway with support or cooperation from several partners including Pepsico, Cole’s Quality Foods and Meijer stores. Project Homeless Connect provided supplies as well, a collaborative that involved Michigan Works!, 211, Goodwill, and Care Source.

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President Rev. Charles Poole to Step Down After 22 Years on Muskegon’s Board of Education

Rev. Poole advocated for departing board member Earl “Bill” O’Brien to fill the vacancy in his comments Tuesday. O’Brien recently lost reelection, coming third in a field of four candidates vying for two seats. “Bill is needed at this time in ways many don’t even realize,” said Rev. Poole.

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Muskegon’s School Board Passes Budget, Discussion Shifts To Keeping Enrollment Up

Over 125 people were present at Tuesday night’s meeting as the school board passed a budget with deep cuts across the board. When questions of possible enrollment drops were raised by the public, board treasurer Billie Bruce urged those who organized the large attendance to go door-to-door to keep students in Muskegon: “I’ll go with you.”

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