Board Meeting in Review – February 13, 2023

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The regular meeting was held starting at 6:00 p.m.

Sophie Schuette, Student Council President, informed the board that the Student Council was writing thank you notes to those who volunteered time and effort for Snowfest activities.  They are also working in plans for an assembly at the end of April to support our spring sports teams, and will soon start discussing plans for next year’s Homecoming.

The January 2023 meeting minutes and February agenda and treasurer’s report were approved with no changes.

During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, former and current parents of the district commented their displeasure in the way administration of the district handled the incident of the pig drawing and other sports-related issues involving a number on a jersey and discipline of a high school athlete.  Other positive comments came from an elementary teacher regarding March is Reading Month, a retired teacher who is available for after-school tutoring, a PTA co-president thanking administration for letting the PTA hold a popcorn fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer survivors, and an elementary parent who thanked the elementary principal for his involvement in handling his own children.

The board voted to keep the current board goals as they are for the rest of the school year.  The board will be working with the MASB soon to formulate a Strategic Planning Process, which would incorporate the achievement of common goals for the district.

The board approved the Mackinac field trip for 7th graders, to take place in May 2023.  This is the first the trip will be offered to students since 2019.  Students will have an opportunity to participate in a fundraiser to help offset the cost of the trip.

As required by law, Superintendent Denney presented the Section 98b Goal Progress Report to the board.  This report breaks down building goals for student achievement in reading and math and achievement or growth on benchmark assessments.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board members on the following:

  • The governor’s budget plan was introduced last week with an increase of $500 per pupil allowance.  Discussions are positive for schools.  Hopefully budgets will be finalized by June.
  • Some winter sports are starting to wind down with district and regional competitions.  Our competitive cheerleading team took second place in the conference.  The girls bowling team is ranked first in the state.  The wrestling team are district champions.  They also had two individual district champs:  AJ Fielder and David Fielder.  David also received his 100th win.  Josh Frailey and Gaven Teller also advance to regional competition.  Boys team regionals are this week, and girls wrestlers will head to individual regionals this weekend.
  • March is Reading Month is coming up for the elementary.

The board members commented on the following:

  • Thank you to those who spoke during public comment for being respectful.  Actively listening is better than social media or hearsay.  We take comments very seriously.
  • Board members are encouraged to participate in March is Reading Month.
  • Elementary students celebrated 100’s Day.
  • The girls ROX program has been successful so far.
  • Congrats to the winter sports teams for doing so well.
  • The board is eager to participate in the upcoming strategic planning process for the district, and everyone will be encouraged to join in the process.

The regular meeting was adjourned at 7:01 p.m.

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