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Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Change

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

This past week Wyoming Public Schools approved a plan to combine Wyoming Park High School with Rogers High School.  This change means that years of historical rivalries and pride will now end, and students will start new traditions and rivalries at the new “Wyoming High School”.  Both of my daughters are Rogers High School graduates and “Golden Hawks”; my wife works at Rogers and is also a “Golden Hawk”.  Although I think the decision to combine these schools is difficult for my wife and daughters, I think the School Board and School Administration have done a good job in reviewing the options and creating a plan that is the best for the students of Wyoming Public Schools. 

Michigan self-defense law similar to Florida's

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- The self-defense law in Florida is very similar to the one in Michigan. It allows someone to use deadly force against another person if they fear for their life. Right now, 21 states allow citizens to use deadly force without attempting to retreat.

Attorney Paul Ledford teaches the subject at Silver Bullet Firearms in Wyoming. "Before 2006, there was an obligation, unless you were inside your home, and other minor exceptions, to look for some reasonable and safe means to retreat," said Ledford. 

The state of Florida had a similar law. But in 2005 it was changed. Many felt it favored the law abiding citizen instead of the criminal. Michigan followed suit in 2006, as did, several other states. "This law said, look, if you are a law abiding citizen you shouldn't be afraid of the criminal element. You should be able to stand your ground in most circumstances and there are exceptions."

Man sought on indecent exposure charges

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A man who was arrested for indecent exposure did not show up for his arraignment Thursday morning and is currently being sought by police.

Timothy Allen Simonson, 47, was arrested on March 25th after a witness called police to report Simonson was sitting at a picnic table in Palmer Park wearing nothing from the waist down.  Simonson was expected to be arraigned Thursday morning on charges of Indecent Exposure, Indecent Exposure by a Sexually Delinquent Person, and being a Habitual Offender.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wyoming Police Department at 616-530-7300 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

Wyoming Public Schools Relay for Life

From: http://www.wyoming.k12.mi.us/

Wyoming Public Schools is starting its 7th year of participating in the Wyoming/Grandville Relay for Life. Join us on May 11 and 12, 2012 at Lamar Park in Wyoming. This year our fundraising goal is $7,500. Last year WPS raised $11,735 towards the fight for Cancer. Over the past 6 years we have raised over $50,000. We are proud to have had hundreds of WPS staff, families, cancer survivors and caregivers walking at the event.  Below are a few upcoming events for fundraising for team WPS.

April 28, 2012 9:00am-6:00pm Crop for a Cure
*Contact Jodi Goff@ goffj@wyomingps.org for more details

Luminary Memory/Honor bags NOW sale for $10.00. 

New School Offers Open House

New School Offers Open House

What do a retired priest, balloons and rising school test scores have in common?  The answer:   San Juan Diego Academy, a new K-8 school in Wyoming/Grand Rapids that is welcoming families to a Community-Wide Open House April 23, from 4:30-7 p.m.

Fr. Joachim Lally, a member of the San Juan Diego Academy Board of Education, will be on hand to entertain young children.  Fr. Lally, who studied clowning, will perform magic and make balloon animals. 

Older children are invited to exercise their computer skills using Kahn Academy within the school’s well-equipped computer lab while parents tour classrooms, meet teachers and review the school’s generous tuition assistance programs.

Total closure: M-11, Kent County, March 26-27

Total closure: M-11, Kent County, March 26-27

Intermittent short-term total closures to install traffic signals will be used tonight (Monday) at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, March 26) on M-11 (28th Street) at Burlingame Avenue.

For live camera feeds, or additional information on traffic conditions and construction projects: www.michigan.gov/drive

Follow MDOT's Grand Region on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/MDOT_West.

GRCC and Wyoming Public Schools to Sign Middle College Partnership

Wyoming, MI - Grand Rapids Community College and Wyoming Public Schools (WPS) will be signing a letter of intent for the creation of a middle college program for the fall of 2012 at tonight’s school board meeting.  The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Wyoming Public Schools Administration Building.

According to the agreement, the vision of the middle college partnership is to provide the opportunity for participating students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree in four years.   Wyoming Middle College students will begin in their sophomore year and complete the program after an extended year of classes.   Students will be “dual-enrolled” in high school and college courses, with tuition for the college courses paid for by WPS as part of the district’s per pupil state funding.