7-13-2020 Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes

(Last Updated On: July 21, 2020)

BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

                                                                                                                                                  

JULY 13, 2020                   SPECIAL MEETING           VIRTUAL MEETING

 

CALL TO ORDER President: Dennis Wentworth opened the meeting at 5:07 pm
ROLL CALL PHYSICALLY PRESENT: C. Lee, R. Writer, S. Tobler, J. DeVlaminck, K. Laesch, and D. Wentworth

 

VIRTUALLY PRESENT: H. Burnett

 

ABSENT:   None

  OTHERS PRESENT : None
ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

MOTION by R. Writer, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch the agenda for the Special Board Meeting of July 13, 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 ADOPTED

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS Mr. Wentworth welcomed all virtual attendees.
COMMUNITY DIALOGUE CITIZENS CONCERNS Brittany Martin – concerns with who is running the athletic department and if athletics are planned to be cut. Mr. Wentworth referred her to the superintendent for further information and commented that athletics will continue.

 

Gary & Carol McKean – concerns with budget cuts for the upcoming school year and the district rushing into making cuts to personnel and programs. Mr. Wentworth addressed their concerns and Mrs. Laesch added that the future superintendent can always amend the budget.

 

William Martin – shared a list of concerns regarding how the district will be able to adequately protect, respond, and inform faculty and students regarding returning to school. Board members responded that there has been a committee formed to create a reopening plan along with guidance from the State and Berrien County Health Department. The plan has not been finalized yet and the reopening of school in the fall is still uncertain at this time.

INTERVIEWS FOR POSITION OF SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

 

1.       Brian Brown, Business Manager, River Valley School District

 

2.       Brandon Waggoner, Assistant Superintendent of Online Learning & Innovation, Berrien Springs Public Schools

 

3.       Dorothy Blackwell, Superintendent, Vassar Public Schools

BCS EMPLOYMENT APPROVAL MOTION by R. Writer, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, the Buchanan Board of Education approves the employment of employee 938444.

 

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 None
NEXT BOARD MEETING Special Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, July 14th, 5:30 pm
ADJOURNMENT 7:54pm
Updated: July 21, 2020 — 9:41 AM