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(PR/TV VIDEO ALERT) KALKASKA (MICH.) SCHOOLS TO CLOSE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24; CLOSING CEREMONY VIGIL TO BE HELD

 More than 2,300 Kalkaska, Mich., students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, more than three months early, because local voters have repeatedly refused to approve an increase in property taxes that would have earmarked funding to keep schools open. The early closing is supported by the Kalkaska Board of Education, school employees (240) and teachers (124). Rather than cut programs, Kalkaska chose to run a quality curriculum until the school district ran out of funds.
 Kalkaska Public Schools, which will close for the school year Wednesday, will hold a closing ceremony vigil at noon (EST) Wednesday, March 24, at the Kalkaska Middle School, 1700 W. Kalkaska Road.
 Kalkaska school teachers and employees will be joined by school teachers and employees, school superintendents, administrators and school board members from across Michigan and the Midwest, offering support for Kalkaska's decision to close school early.
 Expected to address the closing ceremony vigil are: Keith Geiger, president, National Education Association; Julius Maddox, president, Michigan Education Association; Mel Cooke, president, Kalkaska Board of Education; and Scott Coy, president, Kalkaska High School senior class.
 A news conference will be held immediately following the closing ceremony vigil. Also, teachers across Michigan are expected to pause for a moment of silence at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, in support of Kalkaska's decision to close school early.
 NOTE: A press room will be open at Kalkaska Middle School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, March 24. Telephone numbers are 616-258-1142 and 616-258-4711.
 ATTENTION TELEVISION STATIONS: A satellite feed of the closing ceremony vigil and news conference is scheduled for:
 3:30-4 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, March 24
 G-Star 4, 105 degrees west longitude
 Transponder 6, 12035 horizontal, 6.2 & 6.8 audio
 CONTACT: Doyle Disbrow, superintendent, Kalkaska Public Schools, 616-258-9109; Terry Browning, 15B Uniserv director, Michigan Education Association, 616-775-6553; Rik Ponstein, president, Kalkaska Education Association, 616-258-9167; Jennie Naffie, communications consultant, Michigan Education Association, 616-947-8372; or Diane Garchow, president, Kalkaska Educational Support Personnel, 616-258-9291.
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 (PR/TV Newswire -- March 22)


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