APS approves budget amendment

ALPENA –The Alpena Public School Board of Education approved budget amendment one during its meeting Monday. The board also discussed a wheel alignment system bid and a new hire.

The board approved the budget amendment unanimously without discussion.

The wheel alignment system is to be used in the auto technology lab, and was paid for by the career and technical education program –all except installation costs that are estimated to be less than $2,000.

Superintendent John VanWagoner told the board that the qualifications to be a substitute teacher changed from a bachelor degree of 90 credit hours to 60 credit hours.

The board unanimously approved hiring Amanda Pilarski to begin working in the CTE program Jan. 3.

Laws not yet approved that board members looked at were allowing concealed carry with a CPL permit to carry guns into schools. VanWagoner said there is discussion of local control that would allow each board to decide rather than the state.

The board recognized a list of gifts granted to it including $3,000 worth of laptops and equipment, and near $700 worth toward Families in Transition program that goes to homeless families struggling.

NEOLA policies also were recognized to be approved or denied during the Jan. 17 meeting for a second reading — changes to the current school policies for staff.

Beth Gohs can be reached via email at bgohs@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693.