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Local school board roundup: Rogers City school board seats two

Recent actions by school boards in Northeast Michigan:

∫ Thomas Catalano and Shannon McKinstry were formally seated on the Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education last week after taking the oath of office. McKinstry was elected in November and will serve a six-year term. Catalano was appointed in December to fill a vacancy and will serve through November 2022.

The board also selected Karen Spens as secretary during its organizational meeting. Greg Zurakowski remains board president, Diane Schultz remains vice president, and Ivy Cook remains treasurer.

The board also met behind closed doors for an employee disciplinary matter. The closed session was requested by the employee, which is allowed under state law. After emerging from the closed session, the board affirmed Superintendent Nick Hein’s response to the matter.

∫ The Posen Consolidated Schools Board of Education in December heard from auditor Doug Wohlberg that the district’s general fund revenue has remained stable over the past few years, with 51% coming from local taxes and 49% from the government.

Wohlberg told the board the general fund is on an upward trend and the district’s cash savings has improved enough the district no longer needs to borrow money.

The board also received a donation from Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op that will cover the full cost of a new football scoreboard.

∫ The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees agreed to purchase $106,076 in videoconferencing systems that will be used in the college, local schools, and health care organizations.

The technology was purchased with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utility Service, Distance Learning and Telemedicine, which covers 85% of the cost of the equipment.

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