Among consent items at the Barry County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday was approval of a $5,000 contribution to the Barry Career Access Network. The program is part of a statewide initiative to increase post-high school degree or certification readiness and completion rates to 60% of residents by the year 2030. As of 2017, 35.5% of Barry County residents had post-high school certifications or degrees.
On a 5 to 2 vote the Board approved a resolution supporting passage of legislation introduced in the state house and senate that if adopted, would amend state law to enact 4-year terms for County Commissioners instead of the current 2-year terms. All other county and township officials are elected to terms of 4 or more years. The Michigan Association of Counties is also supporting the legislation.