Local school board ROUNDUP

A roundup of recent activity by Northeast Michigan school boards:

∫ The Alcona Community Schools Board of Education extended Alcona Middle/High School Principal Edwin Barber’s contract to June 30, 2021.

The board approved the district’s emergency operations plan and the resignation of Alecia Dietz, effective Oct. 24.

The board also approved P7, an afterschool bible club for students.

∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education authorized Superintendent John VanWagoner to submit an application to the Michigan Department of Treasury regarding a $33.9 million bond sale. The application does not put the bond question on the ballot, which would require a separate school board vote.

If the board were to move forward with the proposal, the bonds would be repaid through property taxes over several years, but officials do not expect property taxes to rise. Instead, the district would continue charging property taxes that would otherwise expire when the district’s existing bond debt is paid off in 2021.

The board also received its yearly audit, which found the district ended the 2018-19 fiscal year with $40.6 million in revenues, $38.4 million in expenditures, and an ending general fund fund balance of $6.1 million.

The board accepted the retirement of Hinks Elementary School Principal Sharon Miller, effective Dec. 31, and hired Jason Luther as a Building Trades/Mechatronics teacher at Alpena High School.

∫ The Atlanta Community Schools Board of Education approved capital project expenditures of $25,500.

The board accepted the resignation of Neale Curwin and hired Sheryl Hagemeister to fill a vacant Title I paraprofessional position.

∫ The Posen Consolidated Schools Board of Education appointed Superintendent Michelle Wesner, teachers Hollie Kuchnicki, Glenn Budnick, Connie DeRocher and Michelle Mulka-Styma, paraprofessional Lois Jacobs, and board members Danielle Kowalski and Jesse Chappa to the Posen Professional Development Committee.

The board received its yearly audit, which showed the district ended the 2018-19 fiscal year with $2.3 million in revenues, $2.2 million in expenditures, and an ending general fund fund balance of $172,915.

The board hired Anissa Eagling as a classroom aide for a student and accepted the resignation of Athletic Director Wayne Karsten. He will work through the end of December and help with the transition of the next athletic director.

∫ The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District approved the State of Michigan Integrated Pest Management Training Manual and the purchase of a 2020 Chevrolet LS AWD from Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet for $23,661.60.

The board heard from Shellie Gohl, coordinator of early learning and instructional services for the district, that the Great Start Readiness Program increased to 186 students this school year.

∫ The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees heard that Sheila Rupp was hired as the college’s new registrar for the college, replacing Lori Dziesinski, who will retire on Jan. 1.


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