Board Meeting in Review – April 16, 2018

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Superintendent Denney and the Board of Education were happy to honor the Junior Medal of Honor recipients for February and the JACC Welding Skills Competition winner.

Student Council representative, Mitchell Schuette, reported the recent Student Council activities and the pros/cons of electronic voting for events such as Homecoming or Snowfest Court.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, several high school coaches and some parents and staff members were there to present to the board proposed changes to the athletic handbook.  A meeting was scheduled for Sunday, April 29th at 4:30 in the HS/MS Library to discuss these proposed changes.  This meeting is open to board members, staff members, coaches, and community members.

Also, the wrestling coach inquired if wrestling could become a varsity sport rather than a club sport, or at least could some kind of transportation be provided to/from matches.

The board approved the second reading of the NEOLA Policy Updates after the policy on student seclusion and restraint was clarified.

Superintendent Denney presented the board with a report that shows the approximate age, condition, and estimated replacement timeline for facilities throughout the district.  The four projects that are in the forefront are the central office entryway remodel, LED lighting project completion, middle school/high school roof coating, and elementary roof replacement.

The board was given the common county calendar for 2018-19, and our own district calendar committee will meet this week to set our district calendar.

Superintendent Denney updated the board on the many legislative bills working their way through Lansing that are related to education.  He is a member of the MASA Educator Shortage Workgroup and the MASA Legislative Committee.

The board approved tenure for two teachers and second year probation for three teachers, as recommended by the building principals.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board members on the following:

  • Thank you to the coaches on the athletic council for the work they’ve done to propose the changes to the athletic handbook.
  • There have been many cancellations of sporting events due to the weather, and our Athletic Director has been busy rescheduling those games.
  • “Testing season” has begun, and the building principals have done a good job facilitating that process.

The board members commented on the following:

  • The board appreciated the public comments made during the meeting.  They believe it is important to get everyone’s opinion on any changes to the athletic handbook and are optimistic that improvements can be made.
  • The board appreciates the recognition of the many students who win awards.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

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