Board Meeting in Review – October 16, 2017

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Superintendent Denney and the Board of Education were happy to honor the first this school year’s Junior Medal of Honor recipients.

Our building principals, Mr. Cottrell, Mrs. Bergstrom, and Mrs. Forgione, were recognized for Michigan Principals Month.

Mitchell Schuette, Student Council Representative, sent a report on Student Council activities.

An elementary teacher commented that while she wasn’t at the special meeting on October 2nd to review board goals, she heard nothing but good things about how the meeting went.

Mrs. Melissa Duffrin presented an overview to the board of the new Third Grade Reading Law.

The annual request from Mr. Rouster for a select group of his students to attend the Cedarville University for their Music showcase Honors Band and Choir in February was approved.

The Board discussed the results of the Board Goals Review special meeting held on October 2, 2017.  Members of the board all expressed how advantageous they thought the meeting was.  It was decided that another meeting will be held on January 22nd to break down and talk about how to address the concerns that were identified in the first meeting.

The Board approved the evaluation of Superintendent Denney to take place in a closed session on Monday, November 20, 2017, at the end of the regular meeting.

Superintendent Denney updated the Board on the social worker position that is currently available.  He has met with multiple representatives from Lifeways and is impressed with what they are willing to do for our district.  Lifeways is currently working to finalize a contract to form their partnership with Hanover-Horton Schools.  They anticipate filling this position within a couple weeks.  The board granted Superintendent Denney permission to pursue and finalize the partnership agreement with Lifeways to provide a school social worker for our district.

The Annual Summer Tax Resolution, allowing the school district to collect our portion of the summer taxes from the local townships, was approved.

The bids for the security camera project were presented and approved.  We will end up with more cameras, with better resolution and usability.  The cameras have already been purchased, as we were able to take advantage of a discount the company was offering to save the district about $2000.  The food service department also asked for additional cameras in the kitchen area, which will be paid for out of the food service budget.

The bids for the PA system update are being reworked by Sound Engineering and will be available at the next meeting.  The original bids did not cover the ability of two-way communication through the system.

Superintendent Denney reported to the Board members on the following:

  • Thank you to the building principals for all they do.
  • The fall athletic season is wrapping up.  The girls golf team will be going to states, the varsity football crossover game will be this Thursday vs. Homer, the volleyball teams are playing very well, and the boys cross country team has a good shot at winning a state championship.
  • The elementary school’s Fall Festival will take place on October 25th.
  • The annual Trunk or Treat will be held on Sunday, October 29th.
  • The end of the first nine weeks of the school year is coming up and the year has gone smoothly.
  • The Board Goals Review meeting on October 2nd went very well.
  • Our count day official total student number came in at 1124; we had budgeted for 1120.

The Board members were happy to see the Medal of Honor winners continue again for this school year.  They were also glad to see so many people at the Board Goals Review meeting and thought it went very well.  The Board thanks the building principals for the hard work they do for our district.

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