The Board and Superintendent Denney recognized the Junior Medal of Honor recipients for January. Mrs. Job, high school English teacher, was present this evening to present the various writing experiences her students were receiving through competitions online. Four of her students were recognized this evening for their awards received in the Project for Better Journalism competition. Also recognized this evening was one of JOTC students for his team’s placement, third in the Raider Fitness Challenge and he also ran the fastest one mile as an individual competitor.
Student Council reported a very successful Snowfest. The decorated wagons may be a new tradition for this event. Mr. Bulgrien, Student Council Advisor, is currently trying to schedule when voting will take place for next year’s officers.
A Thank You note from a Ruth Creps Scholarship recipient was read. Wonderful thank you cards from the classes of Mrs. Stierle and Mrs. Raburn were presented to the Board in honor of last month’s School Board Appreciation Month.
The annual field trips of Sauder Village for the 5th and 6th grades and the 7th grade Mackinac trip was approved.
Annually the MASB holds elections for the Board of Directors to be voted on by the district’s School Board. Our region did not have any candidates to vote for.
A few years ago the Jackson Multiple Listing Service requested an agreement whereas they could have a link to their listings put on our website to help people interested in our area to find housing. The Board did have interest at that time but nothing transpired. Once again, the Board has been presented with this opportunity. The Board has agreed to continue to pursue the agreement.
Superintendent Denney explained the Governor’s Talent Investment Board’s mission. This group did a presentation at a Jackson County Superintendent’s Association meeting. They are a partnership of business and education with the goal of helping to prepare the people of Michigan for the jobs that are available. Some of the jobs that are listed on the Michigan’s Hot 50 Jobs for Today and Tomorrow list do not require a four year degree. The GTIB encourages improvements in the K-14 system in the state to help bring more opportunities to our students.
Governor has proclaimed the month of February as Career and Technical Education Month.
Superintendent Denney reported to the Board members on the following:
- Mlive did a nice article on our Bond Proposal
- We will be getting the Technology Committee together soon to review the needs of the District
- Governor Snyder has presented his proposed budget. The Senate and the House will do their reviews of the proposed budget. Some of the budget items proposed by Governor Snyder is a $100 increase per student, and an additional $50 increase per student for high school enrollment (high school students do cost more)
- Through various discussions with other Superintendent’s, many districts have elected to use the Superintendent Evaluation Training for School Board Members that is provided through MASB. They are very thorough and less expensive than other companies. The Board seemed very enthusiastic about pursuing and scheduling this training with MASB.
- Superintendent Denney stated Julie Alexander, our district’s representative, is on the Education Committee.
The Board Members expressed their enjoyment in the Junior Medal of Honor Program and the accomplishments of our students through their writings. The Board is very proud of the good works of our students and to our teachers and staff for the help they provide to the students.