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8-21-2017 Board Minutes

BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

 

AUGUST 21ST, 2017         REGULAR MEETING                        GARDNER SCHOOL HOUSE

 

CALL TO ORDER  

President, Dr. Harvey Burnett, opened the meeting at 6:02 pm

 

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

 

  ABSENT: R. Writer

 

  OTHERS PRESENT : Mr. Timothy J. Donahue & Mrs. Tricia Lowery

 

ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member C. Lee the agenda for the regular meeting of August 21st, 2017 be adopted as written.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler, H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS

 

K. Falkenstein, S. Steinke, M. Nixon, J. Cuthbert, Hannah Smith & Family, Syrus Davis & Family.

 

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE/CITIZENS CONCERNS

 

None

 

INFORMATION/REPORTS & NEW BUSINESS

 

None
SUPERINTENDENT /DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

Mr. Donahue discussed Board Governance Training with the Board; the date for this training is to be determined.  Mr. Donahue also presented the district’s former NewsNViews publication, now The Buck Bulletin, with a new look and appeal.

 

MEETING MINUTES

 

MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member C. Lee, The minutes of the regular meeting of July 17th be adopted as written. ROLL CALL VOTE K. Laesch, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler, H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

WARRANTS MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED by S. Tobler, The Board of Education approve the payment of payroll of $655,481.67 and the payment of expenditures of $296,365.45 for invoices from the General Fund and the payment of payroll of $3908.70 and the payment of expenditures of $17,357.06 for invoices from the School Service Fund.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler, H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

BUCHANAN VIRTUAL ACADEMY & BUCHANAN STEP UP GRADUATION CERTIFICATION MOTION BY Member K. Laesch, SECONDED BY Member S. Tobler, Upon satisfactory completion of district requirements for High School Graduation, the Board of Education hereby approves:

 

Buchanan Virtual Academy:  Cole Poznanski

Buchanan Step Up: Hannah Smith

 

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

 

NEOLA BOARD POLICIES – SECOND READING & ADOPTION

 

MOTION BY Member K. Laesch, SECONDED BY Member D. Wentworth, The Buchanan Board of Education completes the second reading and adopts the following replacement policy:

 

POLICY DESCRIPTION
 

P 5630.01

 

STUDENT SECLUSION & RESTRAINT

 

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

 

ADOPTION OF STUDENT HANDBOOK UPDATES

 

MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The Buchanan Board of Education adopts the Buchanan Community Schools Student Handbook updates for the 2017-18 school year as presented.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, J. DeVlaminck, D. Wentworth, C. Lee, S. Tobler, H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

PARAPROFESSIONAL RESIGNATION

 

MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member D. Wentworth, The Buchanan Board of Education accepts the resignation of Mrs. Amanda Spitz, Ottawa Elementary Paraprofessional, effective for the 2017-18 school year.  The Board would like to thank Mrs. Spitz for her service to the students of the Buchanan Community School district.  We wish her the best in future endeavors.

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

 

CTE ADMINISTRATOR RESIGNATION

 

 

 

MOTION BY Member D. Wentworth, SECONDED BY Member C. Lee, The Buchanan Board of Education accepts the resignation of:  Mr. Josh Paquette, Director of CTE, effective immediately.  The Board would like to thank Mr. Paquette for his service to the students of the Buchanan Community School district.  We wish him the best in future endeavors.

 

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

 

CERTIFIED TEACHER RESIGNATION

 

MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member S. Tobler, The Buchanan Board of Education accepts the resignation of:  Mrs. Kaila Fuller, Ottawa Pre-school teacher, effective immediately.  The Board would like to thank Mrs. Fuller for her service to the students of the Buchanan Community School district.  We wish her the best in future endeavors.

 

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

 

BHS CTE ACADEMY LAB MENTOR RECOMMENDATION

 

 

 

 

MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member H. Burnett, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the recommendation as submitted by High School Principal, Mrs. Stacey DeMaio, to hire Mr. Jared Rusher as CTE Academy lab mentor for the 2017-18 school year.  Mr. Rusher will work with our CTE Academy students up to 20 hours per week.

 

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

 

 

BMS 7TH GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER RECOMMENDATION TO HIRE

 

MOTION BY Member D. Wentworth, SECONDED BY Member H. Burnett, The Buchanan Board of Education  approves the recommendation as submitted by Middle School Principal, Mr. Mark Kurland, to hire Mrs. Angel Whitsel as 7th grade science teacher for the 2017-18 school year; with Mrs. Shannon Jeffries as mentoring teacher.  Mrs. Whitsel will be compensated at step 1 salary level of the BEA agreement.

 

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

 

TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR RECOMMENDATION TO HIRE

 

MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member D. Wentworth, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the recommendation as submitted by Business Manager, Mrs. Tricia Lowery, to hire Mrs. Angela Portt as Transportation Director for the 2017-18 school year.

 

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

 

MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATION TO HIRE MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member S. Tobler, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the recommendation as submitted by Business Manager, Mrs. Tricia Lowery, to hire Mr. Alan Berget, as district maintenance staff for the 2017-18 school year.

 

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

 

BCS CONFERENCE 2017-18 MOTION BY Member D. Wentworth, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The Buchanan Board of Education delegates to the Superintendent or his/her designee(s) the responsibility for the supervision and control of all interscholastic athletic activities affiliated with the BCS Conference.  The Board accepts the constitution and by-laws of the BCS Conference.  The Board adopts as its own the conference’s rules and agrees to the primary enforcement of those rules.  This includes the exclusionary rule that the conference has adopted to promote good sportsmanship and enhance the safety of athletes and spectators.  The rule requires that when the conduct of any person becomes disruptive to the athletic event and interferes with the stated goals of the BCS conference and MHSAA, that person shall be excluded from attendance at future conference athletic events at all conference schools.

 

This authorization shall become effective September 5, 2017 and shall remain effective until July 31, 2018.

 

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

 

ATHLETIC COACHING RECOMMENDATIONS & RESIGNATION MOTION BY Member S. Tobler, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the 2017-18 Athletic coaching appointments & resignation of:

RECOMMENDED 2017-18 COACHES SPORT STEP & CLASS CAP CLASSES
Jared Rusher Asst. Football Step 1/Class 4, 1/3 time No CAP classes
Lindsay Harroff MS Volleyball Step 1, Class 7 No CAP classes
Lindsay Harroff JV Girls’ Basketball Step 1, Class 4 No CAP classes
Carissa Todd MS Cross Country Step 3, Class 7 CAP classes 1& 2

Resignation:  Amelio Rodriguez

 

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

REINSTATEMENT OF STUDENT #518845

 

MOTION BY Member D. Wentworth, SECONDED BY Member S. Tobler, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the recommendation to reinstate student #518824 to Buchanan High School effective September 5th, 2017, with the following conditions:

 

–       An approved behavioral plan is made effective.

 

–       Any serious disciplinary infraction after readmission may result in permanent expulsion.

 

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

 

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS None
 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING

 

Monday, August 21st , 6pm @ Gardner School

 

 

ADJOURNMENT 6:30 pm

 

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