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5-15-2017 Board Minutes

BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

 

MAY 15th, 2017                  REGULAR MEETING                       MOCCASIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

CALL TO ORDER President, Dr. Harvey Burnett, opened the meeting at 6:03 pm

 

ROLL CALL PRESENT: K. Laesch (tardy), R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett

 

  ABSENT: None

 

  OTHERS PRESENT : Dr. Andrea van der Laan & Tricia Lowery

 

ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

MOTION BY Member R. Writer, SECONDED BY Member C. Lee the agenda for the regular meeting of May 15th, 2017 be adopted as written.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett

NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS

 

Math & Science Center senior students: Donovan McPherson, Chris Wentworth, Alex Tobler (absent), Michelle Dykstra

 

Faculty: Sharon Steinke, Mark Nixon, Moccasin staff, Sandra Miller & Elementary Counselor Laura Henckle

Members of the media:   Debbie Haight

 

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE/CITIZENS CONCERNS

 

Concerned citizens: Tori Austin, Mary Kay Welsh, Mark Eger, Karen Lukkarila, Kaitlyn Lukkarila, Matt Colglazier, Cory Nichols, Michelle Kyles, Ali Kyles, Sammie Luzadre, Annette Wesner, Mr. & Mrs. Moe Kyles & daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Dodson, Deb Haight, Mark Eger, Bert Garcia, Mr. & Mrs. Wahlstrom, Chris Aalfs, Keith Welsh, current softball team members & parents, Denise Bibbs.  Several citizens voiced their concerns regarding spring athletics conflict and ethics.

 

INFORMATION/REPORTS & NEW BUSINESS

 

Director of Buchanan Virtual Academy, Mrs. Sharon Steinke, announced 2016-17

graduates:

–       Buchanan Step Up Graduates: Vianca Garcia

–       Buchanan Step Up Graduate: Mary Scherer

–       Buchanan Virtual Academy: Stephanie Shinall

 

Math & Science Center senior students provided presentation of their senior projects and the benefits of the program.

 

Moccasin Health Committee Presentation: Laura Henckle, Diane Ross & Wendy from van Buren ISD provided information on nutritional health ideas.

 

SUPERINTENDENT /DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

None

 

MINUTES-REGULAR & SPECIAL MEETING

 

MOTION BY Member D. Wentworth, SECONDED BY Member S. Tobler, The minutes of the regular meeting of April 17th and May 2nd, 2017, be adopted as written. ROLL CALL VOTE:  R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett

NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

WARRANTS MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED by R. Writer, The Board of Education approve the payment of payroll of $900,370.96 and the payment of expenditures of $448,303.21 for invoices from the General Fund and the payment of payroll of $13,215.06 and the payment of expenditures of $86,577.42 for invoices from the School Service Fund.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED

 

BUCHANAN STEP UP & VIRTUAL ACADEMY GRADUATION CERTIFICATION MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member S. Tobler, Upon satisfactory completion of district requirements for High School graduation, the Board of Education hereby approves the Buchanan Step Up Graduates:  Vianca Garcia and Mary Scherer & Buchanan Virtual Academy Graduate: Stephanie Shinall to be certified for graduation.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED

 

BUCHANAN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CERTIFICATION

 

MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member D. Wentworth, upon satisfactory completion of district requirements for high school graduation, the Board of Education hereby approves the graduates as listed on the attached roster to be certified for graduation; and further authorizes the administration to prepare diplomas to be presented at the 2017 commencement ceremony.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED

 

2017-18 BUCHANAN HIGH SCHOOL – ATHLETIC HANDBOOK

 

MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the 2017-18 Buchanan High School’s athletic handbook as submitted by Athletic Director, Mr. Lonnie Hoover.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED

 

BRESA BOARD BIENNIEAL ELECTION

 

MOTION BY Member H. Burnett, SECONDED BY Member S. Tobler, The Buchanan Board of Education adopts the following resolution:

 

WHEREAS, the biennial election of the Board of the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at a meeting of representatives from constituent school boards.

 

WHEREAS, Section 380.614(2) of the Revised School Code requires a constituent school board to designate its representative and identify the intermediate school board candidate the board supports for each position to be filled on the board by a resolution adopted not earlier than 21 days prior to the date of the election, and

WHEREAS, Section 380.614(2) prescribes the method for passage of a resolution including the requirement of considering the resolution at not less than one public meeting before adopting the resolution, and

WHEREAS, the Board previously considered the resolution at an open meeting conducted in a manner prescribed under the Open Meetings Act on May 15, 2017.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

 

1.        The Board designates Sandy Tobler as its representative to serve on the 2017 electoral body responsible for electing members to the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency Board of Education and Kelly Laesch as alternate representative in the event the designated representative is unable to attend.

 

2.        The Board supports candidate Linda Holt for a position on the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency Board of Education for a term of six years.

 

3.        The Board supports J. Allene Smith for a position on the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency Board of Education for a term of six years.

 

4.        The Board directs its representative Sandy Tobler to vote for candidates’ Linda Holt and J. Allene Smith at least on the first ballot taken at the June 5, 2017 election.

 

5.      The Board authorizes and directs its secretary to file this resolution with the secretary of the Berrien Regional      Education Service Agency Board.

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED

 

OVERNIGHT/EXTENDED STUDENT TRIPS – ART & SPANISH

 

MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the Art and Spanish trip to , Peru, for the purposes of allowing students an opportunity to expand on their classroom learning of Spanish as well as Art with first-hand experience.    The Art & Spanish trip is expected to depart, June 19, 2018, and return June 28, 2018, in accordance with Board Policy #2340.  This Art & Spanish trip will be under the sponsorship of Ms. English & Mrs. Miller.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED

 

BOARD POLICIES – FIRST READING

 

MOTION BY Member K. Laesch, SECONDED BY Member H. Burnett, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the first reading of the following revised, new and deleted policies:

 

Policies/Administration

Description
P 0160 Open Meeting
P 2221 Mandatory Courses
P 2461 Recording of District Meetings Involving Students and/or Parents
P 2623 Student Assessment
P 3120.04 Employment of Substitutes
P 3121 Criminal History Record Check
P 4121 Criminal History Record Check
P 5330.02 Opioid Antagonists
P 5517.01 Bullying and Other Aggressive Behavior Toward Students
P 5610 Emergency Removal, Suspension, and Expulsion of Nondisabled Students
P 5610.01 Expulsions/Suspensions – Required by Statute
P 7540.02 Web Content, Services and Apps
P 8330 Student Records
P 8400 School Safety Information
P 8500 Food Services
P 8510 Wellness
P 5111.01 Homeless Students
P 5111.03 Children and Youth in Foster Care
P 8340 Letters of Reference
P 8300 Continuity of Organizational Operations Plan
P 8305 Information Security
P 3140 Termination & Resignation
P 4140 Termination & Resignation

 

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED

 

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS –       Acknowledged receipt of commencement ceremony – June 2, 2017

–       Discussed Honor’s convocation – June 1, 2017

–       Dennis Wentworth thanked Principal, Mr. Mark Nixon for  hosting

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING  

Tuesday, June 6th, 6pm @ Buchanan High School

 

 

ADJOURNMENT 7:30 pm

 

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