Nofs presents tribute to Belding Middle School, School Wellness Award honoree

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs on Wednesday presented Belding Middle School with a special tribute from the Michigan Legislature, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and Nofs, to commemorate its achievement as a 2015 School Wellness Award honoree.

“It was a privilege to recognize the great work taking place at Belding Middle School today,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Under Principal Joel Olson’s guidance, Belding Middle School has earned the bronze medal in the School Wellness Award program. I’m proud of the hard work and creativity of the Belding Middle School staff; they’re a great example for other schools throughout our district and the state on what it takes to make sure our kids are healthy and our schools are places where our students can truly excel.”

The School Wellness Award recognizes schools that foster an environment of healthy eating and good physical activity habits, which are proven to help students learn and succeed in school. The program works with schools statewide to establish Coordinated School Health Teams, complete the Healthy School Action Tools and implement sustainable policy and environmental changes.

Belding Middle School is part of the Belding Area Public School District and serves nearly 500 students from sixth to eighth grade.




State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, (center) presents a state tribute signed by Nofs and Gov. Rick Snyder to Belding Middle School Principal Joel Olson and other school staff and administrators. Belding Middle School was awarded the third-place spot in the 2015 Michigan School Wellness Awards.

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Sen. Nofs ready to find best solution to fix Michigan’s roads

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, issued the following statement on Michiganders voting down Proposal 1:

“Voters made it clear, they believe there is a better solution to fix our roads. While I was a supporter of Proposal 1, I respect the democratic process and I’m ready to sit down with my colleagues to find a new solution.

“Our current road funding structure has resulted in the underfunding of Michigan’s infrastructure for more than a decade, and the best way to reverse the trend is by making infrastructure funding an ongoing priority. We saw our roads deteriorate because we stopped making improvements to the way we repair and maintain them.

“I heard from many citizens who were willing to support increased funding for roads but felt Proposal 1 was simply too complicated. I believe we can still find a long-lasting solution to fix our crumbling roads and bridges by revisiting the tax structure and by reprioritizing more of our existing resources. We can and must find ways to spend smarter and make sure the bidding for infrastructure projects is more competitive.

“I’m confident we will be able to find additional funds from existing resources to begin badly needed work as we continue to work toward a long-term solution. As we reprioritize spending, I will work to make sure that our schools and local communities remain funded at appropriate levels.”