By Pat Maurer
Following an uneventful Organizational Meeting with all officers, the agenda format, meeting dates and time, and designation of bank depository, legal service ad audit services remaining the same for another year, a special performance by Clare Freshman Mallory McDowell was the highlight of a quiet Clare Board of Education meeting Monday evening.
Mallory’s song was Superintendent Doniel Pummell’s gift to the board members in honor of School Board Recognition Month. “You are all a joy to work for and I want you to know that I appreciate you so much,” she told them.
Pummell also recognized Lindsay Winter for achieving 1,000 career points; Dave Maxwell and the Winter Bash Committee for a successful fundraiser; John Punches and the Pioneers are Leaders Committee for the fundraising efforts; and Community member Pete Brown for his annual donations of material for the wood program, approximately $5,000 annually, she said.
Another new face in the audience at the regular January meeting was Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory, who introduced himself and stressed his commitment to safety in the schools. Liaison Officer Al White told board members the new Security Greeter program had begun in the Primary School this week.
After reports by administrators and Boosters leaders, the board held the first reading of the Board Policy Updates and approved a Business and Professional Association request for students qualifying to attend the State competition in Grand Rapids March 21 through 24 and the National competition in Florida May 4-9.