RCAS gives support to library as it tries to purchase Grambau Center

News Photo by Jordan Spence There was a large crowd in attendance at the Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education workshop Monday.

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education has written a letter of support for the Rogers City Library to purchase the Grambau Center. The letter of support was approved during the school board workshop Monday.

Presque Isle Library Director Amber Clement asked the board for the support at an earlier November meeting. The letter is in support of the concept of the purchase board President Ivy Cook said. It does not legally bind the board to any of the plans. During the presentation at the last meeting, Clement said the library needs to raise money for studies on the feasibility of the project.

During Monday’s meeting the board also approved the resignation of Superintendent Dave O’Bryant, who has taken the superintendent position at Farwell Area Schools. O’Bryant’s wife, Becky O’Bryant, read a statement to the board at the meeting.

“Tonight I’m a proud wife of outgoing superintendent David O’Bryant. We’ve met many good people, worked with amazing staff and students, made lifelong friends and learned so much professionally and personally,” Becky said.

She said they learned a lot about their profession and have grown as educators.

“We have learned Rogers City is an incredible town. We’ve learned the true meaning of having thick skin. And we’ve learned and taught others that what’s right is not always popular and what’s popular is not always right. But we do what’s right anyway. I would like to thank all the positive support we’ve received. Any administrator position is not easy and the superintendent position is no exception,” she said.

She said in the last year and a half that her husband acted as a full-time superintendent even though a part-time superintendent was hired.

“David worked tirelessly during vacation, at home and even in the hospital when his wife was bringing their fourth child into this world. He answered calls, texts, emails and completed paperwork at all hours of the day and night. No matter what decision had to be made and how difficult it was Dave always thought what would be best for the students and the district. In the words of a local supporter ‘I’m sure hard days are sure to come but keep on doing what you’re doing because what you are doing is just,'” she said.

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