6-15-20 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

(Last Updated On: June 30, 2020)

BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

                                                                                                                                                  

JUNE 15, 2020                  REGULAR MEETING                        VIRTUAL MEETING

 

CALL TO ORDER PRESIDENT: Dennis Wentworth opened the virtual meeting at 6:07 pm
ROLL CALL VIRTUALLY PRESENT: C. Lee, H. Burnett, R. Writer, S. Tobler, J. DeVlaminck, K. Laesch and D. Wentworth.

 

ABSENT:   None

  OTHERS VIRTUALLY PRESENT : Timothy Donahue, Stacey Denison, Michael Dunn, Shelby Beasley, Brian Pruett, Stacey DeMaio, Mark Frey, Karin Falkenstein, Mark Kurland, Tricia Lowery, and  Lonnie Hoover.
ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer the agenda for the board meeting of June 15, 2020 be adopted as written.

 

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

NAYS:  H. Burnett and K. Laesch     MOTION ADOPTED

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS

 

Superintendent Donahue recognized MASB superintendent search consultant, Mr. Mark Dobias.
INFORMATION/REPORTS & NEW BUSINESS None.
SUPERINTENDENT/

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Superintendent Donahue spoke about the continued budget process. He informed the finance committee met prior to the board meeting and had reviewed possible reductions. Mr. Donahue shared with board members a list of possible reductions. Board members asked perspective questions.
COMMUNITY DIALOGUE CITIZENS CONCERNS Jaime Snodgrass – spoke to the board about Covid-19 exposure and contamination plan. She will email Superintendent Donahue her information regarding a post contamination disinfectant solution in the event of a Covid-19 exposure.
ADOPTION OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

MOTION by R. Writer, SECONDED by D. Wentworth, The Board of Education approves the consent agenda for the regular board meeting of June 15, 2020 be adopted as written:

 

1.        Minutes:

5-28-2020 Special Meeting

6-2-2020 Regular Meeting

 

2.       Warrants:

Treasury & Expenditure Reports – May 2020

 

3.       Probationary/Tenure Recommendations for 2020-21 School Year:

Ottawa Elementary School

Moccasin Elementary School

Buchanan Middle School

 

4.       Employment Contracts for 2020-21 School Year:

Alan Berget, Utility Maintenance

Angela Portt, Director of Transportation

Chad VanBeek, Utility Maintenance

Daryl Miller, Facilities Supervisor

Laura Morris, Payroll Coordinator

Linsey Miller, Accounting Specialist/BVA Coordinator

Michelle Munyon, Executive Administrative Assistant to Superintendent and Board of Education

 

5.        Staff resignation as submitted:

Elizabeth Richard, Ottawa 1st Grade Teacher, effective June 10, 2020.

 

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION ADOPTED

BVA GRADUATION CERTIFICATION MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED by R. Writer, upon satisfactory completion of district requirements for high school graduation, the Board of Education hereby approves:

 

Buchanan Virtual Academy Students:

–       Vadah Buchanan

–       Austin Lloyd

–       Alexis McClaran

 

To be certified for graduation.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION ADOPTED

MASB SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH REDUCTION MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED by R. Writer, the Buchanan Board of Education approves the district to apply for the MASB discount pertaining to the superintendent search led by the Michigan Association of School Boards.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION ADOPTED

SET 2020-21 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING DATE MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED by R. Writer, the Buchanan Board of Education adopt the following resolution:

 

WHEREAS:

The Uniform Budget Act requires the 2020-21 Budget be adopted prior to July 1, 2020.

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

The public hearing for the 2020-21 budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 29, 2020 at Buchanan High School Auditorium.

 

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED:

The board sets a special meeting for 6:00 p.m. on June 29, 2020 for the purposes of adopting the 2020-21 fiscal year school budget.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION ADOPTED

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS Mrs. Writer thanked Stacey DeMaio and Michelle Munyon for getting her the information on Honors Convocation.
NEXT BOARD MEETING Monday, June 29th, 6pm @ Buchanan High School
PRESENTATION FROM MARK DOBIAS ON SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH MASB Consultant, Mr. Mark Dobias, presented to the board. He shared a power point which showed the results from his online survey; district strengths, challenges, minimum level of education for the new superintendent, desired leadership style, and personal characteristics desired. Board members dialogued on the selection criteria, desired leadership skills, and personal attributes presented by Mr. Dobias for the superintendent job posting. Mr. Dobias reviewed his timeline for the upcoming deadlines.
ADJOURNMENT 7:32 pm
Updated: June 30, 2020 — 1:06 PM