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Board president Bette Matteson

BISD honors past board members

Board president Bette Matteson honors John Gores of Delton for 11 years of service to the BISD. 

The Barry Intermediate School District recently recognized two of its past board of education members for their service. Board president Bette Matteson in September honored John Gores for 11 years of service to the students of Delton Kellogg Schools and Hastings Area Schools through the Barry ISD. Gores thanked the board members and challenged them to keep advocating for all children, especially those with special needs and those who may have little or no voice of their own. The board honored Sue Deming in October for six years of service. Deming thanked the board members and shared the story of a special place in the Holland area called Benjamin's Hope. Benjamin's Hope describes itself as "a "live, work, play, worship" organization designed to address the multifaceted needs of adult individuals and families affected by autism and other intellectual and developmental differences. Where ISD clients go and what they do after they graduate ISD's programs have been areas of concern to the board as they look at the continuum of services available to persons with disabilities in the county and state, BISD superintendent Richard Franklin said in a press release.Gores is the owner of Williams-Gores Funeral Home of Delton and Beeler-Gores Funeral Home in Middleville.Deming, along with her husband, Rob, owns and operates Deming's Auto Collision Service in Hastings.The BISD board of education meets the second Tuesday of each month. More information on its programs can be found online at

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