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7-16-2018 Board Minutes

BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

                                                                                                                                                  

JULY 16, 2018                   REGULAR MEETING        BUCHANAN HIGH SCHOOL

CALL TO ORDER  

President Harvey Burnett opened the hearing at 6:00 pm

 

ROLL CALL PRESENT: C. Lee, K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, S. Tobler, and H. Burnett      ABSENT: D. Wentworth

 

  OTHERS PRESENT : Timothy Donahue

 

ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch the agenda for the regular meeting of July 16th, 2018 be adopted as written.

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

 

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS

 

L. Hoover, Orville Thomas, R. Cornwell, C. Cornwell, R. Carlson, Kris Rettig, G. Branch, K. Falkenstein, and S. Lentz

 

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE CITIZENS CONCERNS None
SUPERINTENDENT /DEPARTMENT REPORTS Superintendent Donahue reviewed the July 20th Board Retreat agenda with Board Members.
ADOPTION OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

MOTION by R. Writer, SECONDED by C. Lee, The Board of Education approves the consent agenda for the regular board meeting of July 16, 2018 be adopted as written:

1.      Minutes:           6-18-2018

2.      Warrants:    June 2018 Expenditures

3.      Recommendations to hire as submitted by Principals Mrs. Karin Falkenstein and Mr. Mark Kurland:

Christi Mangold as Kindergarten Teacher, step 1,  at Ottawa Elementary

Michelle Bender as 5th Grade Math Teacher, step 12,  at Buchanan Middle School

Brody Roland as  BCS Band Percussion Instructor, stipend salary, at Buchanan High School

4.        Parent Advisory Council Recommendations as submitted by Principal & District Special Education supervisor, Mrs. Karin Falkenstein:

Britney Martin – Child: SLI

Mattie Book – Children: ECDD and SLI

5.       Resignation of Baseball Coach: Mr. Lonnie Hoover

 

VOTE:  C. Lee, K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, S. Tobler, and H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION   ADOPTED

 

2018 SECOND ANNUAL BROTHERHOOD FOOTBALL CAMP – OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIP

 

MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED by S. Tobler, The Buchanan Board of Education approves Athletic Director Lonnie Hoover’s request to take the Buchanan High School’s football team (30-40 student athletes) to Tower Hill camp grounds, Sawyer, MI, where they will participate in a 3 day, 2 night camp hosted by Mr. Hoover and five district football coaches.  The expected date of departure is: Friday, August 17th, 2018 and returning Sunday, August 19th, 2018; in accordance with board policy #2340.

 

Member R. Writer expressed concern that the camp is occurring again, given issues that arose at the camp in 2017.  She expressed support for the Camp with assurances that that all Board policies are to be followed.

 

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

 

RESOLUTION OF BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TO NAME NEWSPAPER OF RECORD MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member J. DeVlaminck, The Buchanan Board of Education, approves resolution to name Niles Daily Star/Leader Publications, located in Niles, MI as the printed publication of record as pertaining to legal notices and advertising.

 

VOTE:  C. Lee, K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, S. Tobler, and H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION   ADOPTED

 

 CLOSED SESSION MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member S. Tobler, The Buchanan Board of Education move into closed session to review terms of a tentative agreement with the Buchanan Education Association, Pursuant to Board Policy 0167.2

 

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

 

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION MOTION BY Member H. Burnett, SECONDED BY Member C. Lee, The Buchanan Board of Education return to open session.

 

VOTE:  C. Lee, K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, S. Tobler, and H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION   ADOPTED

 

RATIFICATION OF COLLABORATIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT WITH THE B.E.A. MOTION by H. Burnett, SECONDED by K. Laesch, The Buchanan Board of Education ratifies the collective Bargaining Agreement with the Buchanan-5C Education Association, MEA/NEA, for the 2018-19 through 2020-21 school years as reviewed by the Board in closed session on July 16th, 2018, and as recommended by Superintendent Timothy Donahue, pursuant to previous ratification of the same agreement by members of the Buchanan-5C Education Association, MEA/NEA.

 

President Burnett expressed his appreciation to both the B.E.A. and the administration in reaching this agreement.  Though it is not always an easy process, he is pleased to see the two groups meeting to find common ground in order to serve our community and our students.

 

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

 

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS Board Members discussed Buchanan’s participation in National Night Out, Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 7pm-8pm

 

NEXT BOARD MEETING Board Retreat: July, 20th, 5pm, Buchanan Middle School’s Media Center and Conference Room

Regular Meeting: August 20th, 6pm @ Gardner School House

 

ADJOURNMENT 6:46 pm

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