Board Meeting in Review – December 17, 2018

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Superintendent Denney and the Board of Education were happy to honor JROTC award winners, high school fall athletic awards, and the Junior Medal of Honor recipients for November.

Evan Denney, Student Council Representative filling in for Ellery Hill, sent a report on Student Council activities.  The Student Council is preparing for Snowfest, and high school students are in the process of voting for king & queen and Snowfest court candidates.

Board secretary, Joe Childs, read a thank you note from a graduate who had received the Ruth Creps Scholarship.

After discussion about the proposed bond project and possible timelines for the length of the bond, as well as cost factors for the items included in the bond, the board agreed to have Superintendent Denney pursue the bond that would be for 23 years, 10 months.  Mr. Denney will be preparing the bond proposal to get it ready for the board’s formal approval in January.

The board approved a quote from Qualite to purchase and install new LED lights for the football field.  It was recently discovered that there is stray voltage coming from a pole at the field and is a safety concern, even after past repairs were made to correct the problem.  The current lighting system costs the district approximately $7500 per year to maintain, and the bulbs now being used are no longer being made.  The new lights will take about a month to install and should be ready  before the track season starts.  The LED lighting will provide more light and be less expensive to operate.  The system comes with a 25-year maintenance-free warranty.

The board agreed to the reinstatement of a student who had previously been expelled.  The board was satisfied that the student has met all of the requirements set forth to be successfully reinstated.

The first reading of NEOLA policies Vol. 32, No. 2, February 2018 and Vol. 33 No. 1, September 2018 were approved.

The board approved the Michigan Municipal Finance Qualifying Statement, which has to be done annually.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board members on the following:

  • The end of the first semester and final exams are this week for the high school.  The year has gone very well so far.
  • The rescheduled presentation on the dangers of vaping and marijuana will be held at the library on Thursday, Dec. 20th.
  • A phenomenal assembly on opioids was held for our 8-12th grade students.  Mr. Mike Hirst and Angela Mentink, who had lost their son and brother to addiction, gave a powerful presentation to our students.
  • Mrs. Chris Vincent was given a gift in appreciation for fifteen years of service on the Board of Education.
  • Merry Christmas to everyone!

The Board of Education members commented on the following:

  • Thank you to Mrs. Chris Vincent for her dedication to the school board over the last fifteen years.
  • Thank you to the H-H staff for all they do.
  • The board is happy about the district presenting programs for students and the public on the dangers of vaping, marijuana, and drug addiction, and would like to see those types of interventions continue.

The board went into closed session at 7:28 pm. to discuss contract negotiations with the Hanover-Horton Education Association and the Hanover-Horton Educational Support Personnel, as well as salaries of non-union employees.

The Board came out of closed session at 8:25 p.m.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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