6-29-20 Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes

(Last Updated On: July 21, 2020)

BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

                                                                                                                                                  

JUNE 29, 2020                  SPECIAL MEETING           VIRTUAL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER President: Dennis Wentworth opened the meeting at 6:00 pm
ROLL CALL VIRTUALLY PRESENT: C. Lee, H. Burnett, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, K. Laesch and D. Wentworth.

 

ABSENT:   S. Tobler

  OTHERS PRESENT : Timothy Donahue, Brian Pruett, Karin Falkenstein, Mark Frey, Mark Kurland, Stacey DeMaio, Tricia Lowery & Lonnie Hoover
ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

MOTION by K. Laesch, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer the agenda for the Special Board Meeting of June 29th, 2020 be adopted as written.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION ADOPTED

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS None
COMMUNITY DIALOGUE CITIZENS CONCERNS Tori Austin’s concern was shared with the board. Superintendent Donahue read the comment she submitted. Ms. Austin was inquiring about the tournaments held at Buchanan High School and COVID-19 guidelines not being followed. She also asked how the school is financially benefiting from the tournament. Dr. Burnett addressed part of her concern. Mr. Donahue will further look into this matter.
ADOPTION OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

MOTION by R. Writer, SECONDED by K. Laesch, The Board of Education approves the consent agenda for the special board meeting of June 29, 2020 be adopted as written:

 

1.       Minutes:

6-15-2020 Regular Meeting

 

2.       Amended Employment Contract for 2020-21 School Year:

Laura Morris, Payroll Coordinator

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION ADOPTED

LIBRARY BOARD MEMBER APPOINTMENT MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer the Board of Education appoints Janet Kuhn as the school district board member to the Buchanan District Library Board.

 

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

NAYS:  None     MOTION ADOPTED

ADOPTION OF THE 2019-20 FINAL BUDGET AMENDMENT & 2020-21 BUDGET APPROPRIATION RESOLUTION MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer the Buchanan Board of Education, in accordance with the General Appropriations Act, accepts the Buchanan Community Schools’ budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 amended as presented and the 2020-21 budget appropriation. Said documents to be entered into the minutes of this meeting and to take immediate effect.

 

Mrs. Lowery, the Executive Director of Business and Operations went over the highlights of the 2019-20 budget as well as the upcoming projected 2020-21 budget. Board members asked perspective questions.

 

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

NAYS:  None      MOTION ADOPTED

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS Mr. Wentworth announced his resignation as board president effective August 1, 2020.

 

MOTION by R. Writer, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch the Buchanan Board of Education accepts the resignation of Board President, Dennis Wentworth, from that position, effective August 1, 2020. We look forward to Mr. Wentworth’s contributions as he continues to be an active board member.

 

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

NAYS:  None      MOTION ADOPTED

 

Mrs. Laesch congratulated Dr. Burnett on the births of his grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Writer commented as the board embarks on the journey for a new superintendent to remember that the first and greatest concern is for the safety and education of our students.

 

Mr. DeVlaminck mentioned hopes of getting a board president selected in July.

NEXT BOARD MEETING Wednesday, July 1st, 6pm, virtual special meeting
ADJOURNMENT 6:22pm
Updated: July 21, 2020 — 9:41 AM