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Resignations, new volunteers in Hillman

April 16, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

HILLMAN - The Hillman Community Schools Board of Education accepted two staff resignations and approved the assistance of two unpaid volunteer softball coaches for the 2012 season.

The board approved the general fund expenditures in the amount of $234,036.31 including $65,692.22 of accounts payable and $168,334.09 of prepaid expenditures during its meeting. The board also approved the 2005 debt payment of $479,748.94.

Superintendent Shawn Olson said the debt payment was refinanced in 2005, and is now based on principal and some interest from when the school was originally built.

The board regretfully accepted the resignations of Lynda Brandt as food service worker and Astrid Greene as junior and senior high school art teacher.

"We are still looking at what to do with the class in the future, and are considering the junior and senior master class schedule," Hillman High School Principal Michael Leskowich said.

While two staff members retired from Hillman Community Schools, two parents, Doug and Jenny Kenyon, decided to volunteer to help the softball coach for the spring 2012 season.

"Having two parents helping is going really well, I talked to our coach and things are working out for the best," Olson said.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, concerned parent Tom Banks addressed the board about Hillman's baseball program, and asked numerous questions about the ethics of the coaches. Banks said he is concerned that coaches are using fear and intimidation as a coaching tool. He also said two baseball coaches are currently teachers, one teaching in the district and one outside of it.

Board President Brad McLaren thanked Banks for voicing his concerns and continued the meeting as scheduled.

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