Board Meeting in Review – June 11, 2018

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A special meeting was held at 6:00 p.m. for the budget hearing for the 2018-19 school year.

The regular meeting was held starting at 6:30 p.m.

Superintendent Denney and the Board of Education were happy to honor the students who received Academic All-Conference awards for the winter sports season.

Correspondence included two thank you notes from seniors who received the Ruth Creps Scholarship.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, a community member informed the board that there will be a community wide meeting on June 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Hillside United Methodist Church to discuss the collaborative effort of the local churches to start a youth activity center in Hanover.

Mr. Blackledge was appointed Acting Secretary, as Mr. Childs was out of the country and not able to attend the meeting.  This was necessary, as there were several documents that needed to be signed by the Secretary after they were approved.

Mr. Rouster asked the board to approve the band taking a trip to Disney in November of 2019.  The date for the trip was moved up to take advantage of the warmer weather in November vs. February, and also the fact that the band would be coming off the marching season in the fall.  Approval was granted.

The date for the July organizational board meeting will be July 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Media Center.

The board approved the 2018-19 MHSAA Membership Resolution.  Annual approval is required to maintain membership in the MHSAA, in order to be able to compete in post-season tournaments for both middle school and high school sports.

The revisions for the elementary student handbook were approved.  The revisions for the middle and high school handbooks were tabled in order to align the discipline sections of the handbooks with the athletic handbook.

After much discussion, the board finalized the verbiage of the revisions to the discipline section of the athletic handbook.  The approval of the revisions will be tabled until the next meeting.

Superintendent Denney and Mrs. Jennifer French presented the board with the possibility of creating a School-Based Health Center located on the middle/high school campus.  The board agreed that this should be further investigated.

The board approved a Resolution for Debt Transfer.  This allows a small amount of money from Debt 6 (the bond which paid for athletic complex upgrades and has been paid off) to be transferred to Debt 5 (the 1995 bond) account.  This is a standard and required process when a bond is retired.

The 2018 Tax Rate Request was approved by the board.  This is the millage request report that goes to the county and township treasurers and clerks.

The 2017-18 amended budget was reviewed at the budget hearing prior to the regular meeting.  The amended budget was presented at the regular meeting and approved by the board.

The 2018-19 preliminary budget was reviewed at the budget hearing prior to the regular meeting.  The preliminary budget was presented at the regular meeting and approved by the board.

The board approved a Resolution Authorizing Issuance of Notes in Anticipation of State School Aid.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board members on the following:

  • The district was saddened to hear of the passing of Walt Treichel.  Walt was a Transportation Director for the district in years past and was instrumental in starting the Leos Club in the middle and high schools in recent years.
  • Two employees of the maintenance and custodial departments will be retiring this summer.
  • The election deadline for school board members whose terms expire in December to file for re-election is July 24th.  There will be two seats open for re-election in the fall.
  • The high school golf team won the state championship last weekend.  The championship came down to a tie breaker of the best score of the 5th player.
  • Judy Rector won two individual state champion events for Track.
  • Dan Draper has resigned as Head Track Coach in order to spend more time with family.
  • Thank you to Jennifer French for spearheading the possibility of a School-Based Health Center.
  • The school year has quickly come to an end, and it was another great year to be a Comet!

The board members commented on the following:

  • Mr. Blackledge wanted to make sure the rest of the board members knew that he volunteered to sit at the negotiations table as a teacher for Vandercook Lake Schools.
  • Board members were sorry to hear of the death of Walt Treichel.
  • Everyone’s interaction and communication with the athletic handbook revisions was appreciated.
  • Graduation went very well and the board members enjoyed participating.
  • Mr. Densmore will have knee surgery this week.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

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