RCAS receives nearly $8K in donations

ROGERS CITY — Numerous donations were noted at the Rogers City Area School Board of Education meeting Monday.

“That’s very impressive there’s almost $8,000 worth of donations here. You’ve gotten a lot of other ones this year too,” board President Ivy Cook said.

The long list of grants and donations included $1,900 from the Huron Writing Institute for an assembly on writing and for journal materials, $2,000 from Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative for a pollinator garden and more.

Elementary School Principal Tamara Kuntz said most of the grants were sought by teachers.

At the start of the meeting the board approved to hire Tammy Budnick in the financial assistant position.

“Working at this school she has earned the respect of everyone she works with. She’s one of the most dedicated workers and I look forward to working with her,” Superintendent Nicholas Hein said.

The school board also approved adapting a credit card policy. Board Vice President Frank Andrews said the new policy follows Neola policy, which is a firm that provides school districts with the development of policies.

Andrews said the school looked policy about using debit cards in order to make sure the best guidelines were in place.

“I think the Neola policy gave us a little more flexibility and control as to how they’re going to be used and the staff responsibility,” he said. “I’m sure we discussed the superintendent working in conjunction with the finance committee and central office to put a reasonable set of guidelines in place to how they’ll be used. So I think we can ease our way into these things and fully control how that’s going to be done with collaboration from the three different entities. I think it’s going to be real good to put that in place.”

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