1-29-2020 Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes

(Last Updated On: February 20, 2020)

BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

                                                                                                                                                  

JANUARY 29, 2020         SPECIAL MEETING           BUCHANAN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

 

CALL TO ORDER President: Dennis Wentworth opened the meeting at 7:03 pm
ROLL CALL
PRESENT: C. Lee, H. Burnett, R. Writer, S. Tobler, J. DeVlaminck, K. Laesch and D. Wentworth

ABSENT:   None.

  OTHERS PRESENT : Timothy Donahue, Brian Pruett

 

ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer the agenda for the Special Board

Meeting of January 29th, 2020 be adopted as written.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION UNANIMOUSLY  ADOPTED

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS

 

L. Miller, D. Ridgway

 

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE CITIZENS CONCERNS None

 

CLOSED SESSION – STUDENT DISCIPLINE HEARINGS MOTION BY Member R. Writer, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The Board of Education moves into closed session for hearings on student discipline – Student #536099 and Student #600793, per board policy 0167.2, B. Time: 7:04pm.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION UNANIMOUSLY  ADOPTED

 

 

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION MOTION BY Member R. Writer, SECONDED BY Member J. DeVlaminck, The Buchanan Board of Education returns to open session. Time 7:37pm.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION UNANIMOUSLY  ADOPTED

STUDENT DISCIPLINE RESOLUTION MOTION by D. Wentworth, SECONDED by J. DeVlaminck, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the recommendation to reinstate student #536099 to Buchanan High School effective the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year with having met the following conditions:

 

1)       Through the remainder of the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year: Student #536099 must successfully complete the current semester while attending BVA, the Step Up Program, or another alternative setting.

 

2)       Student #536099 must attend six sessions of counseling with an outside the school district professional (responsibility of parent/guardian) and obtain a release to report back to school from the counselor prior to re-admittance meeting with the Superintendent of the Buchanan Community Schools.

 

3)       Upon the completion of the first two steps the student and parents/guardians must contact the Superintendent of Buchanan Community Schools to schedule a re-admittance hearing back into Buchanan Community Schools.

 

4)       Any recommendation may be reviewed by the Buchanan School Board before a decision will be made prior to Student #536099 returning to Buchanan High School.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION UNANIMOUSLY  ADOPTED

STUDENT DISCIPLINE RESOLUTION MOTION BY D. Wentworth, Seconded By R. Writer, The Board of Education adopts the following resolution:

 

WHEREAS, the administration has presented to the Board of Education, a recommendation concerning the expulsion of a student who was in violation of Buchanan School Board Policy #5530 on Thursday, January 16th, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS, the administration has notified the student and parent(s) involved of the accusations against the student, the recommendation of expulsion, and their rights to a hearing on this date;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

 

The Buchanan Board of Education hereby chooses to expel Student #600793 from attendance in the Buchanan Community Schools effective immediately for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year with the following conditions to be met for possible reinstatement to Buchanan High School for first semester of the 2020-2021 school year:   

 

1.        Through the remainder of the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year, student #600793 must successfully complete the current semester while attending BVA, the Step Up Program, or another alternative setting.

 

2.        The student must have a substance abuse evaluation completed with an outside the school district professional (responsibility of parent/guardian) prior to re-admittance meeting with the Superintendent of the Buchanan Community Schools.

 

3.        Upon the completion of the first two steps the student and parents/guardians must contact the Superintendent of Buchanan Community Schools to schedule a re-admittance hearing back into Buchanan Community Schools.

 

4.        Any recommendation will be reviewed by the Buchanan School Board before a decision to reinstate student #600793 will be made. Student may be readmitted if all Board policies have been met.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION UNANIMOUSLY  ADOPTED

AMENDMENT TO 2020 BOARD CALENDAR MOTION BY R. Writer, Seconded By J. DeVlaminck, The Buchanan Board of Education moves to amend the following Board meeting date:

 

The regular Board Meeting scheduled for February 18th, 2020 is to be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 6:00pm.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION UNANIMOUSLY  ADOPTED

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS -Mrs. Writer congratulated The Herd for being an MHSAA finalist again this year and the MHSAA plans to visit this Friday’s game.

 

NEXT  BOARD MEETING Wednesday, February 19th, 6pm @ Buchanan High School

 

ADJOURNMENT 7:45 pm

 

 

Updated: February 20, 2020 — 4:35 PM