Clare Board of Education ratifies contract

September 25, 2015

Boys’ Varsity Track Team members were Regional Champions. Shown here are some team members with Coach Adam Burhans and Superintendent Doug Fillmore.

Boys’ Varsity Track Team members were Regional Champions. Shown here are some team members with Coach Adam Burhans and Superintendent Doug Fillmore.

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Negotiations are complete and the contract with the Clare Transportation Association was ratified at Monday’s Clare Board of Education meeting.
The board approved 7-0 a three year contract with the CTA will very few changes from their last contract. The union will get a one-step increase on the salary schedule for the 2015-16 year only with “wage re-openers in 2016-17 and again in 2017-18 to discuss salary.

Also the current retirement stipend will be removed at the end of this new contract, and the clothing allowance to purchase jackets, rain gear, or footwear for the bus drivers has been increased from $125 to $150 annually.

In another matter, during public comment, the board heard from Lori Martin, who together with Jamie Hoffman,

Varsity Baseball Team members honored at the Clare BOE meeting included: Pictured from left Travis Vida, Tucker Roe, David Lingaur, Gabe Denton, Paul Cole and Connor Clickner. They are shown with Coach Clint Colosky and Superintendent Doug Fillmore. Not pictured were Ben Bates, Charlie Bugbee, Camden Dice, Alex Dysinger, John Franko, Brendan Gyulveszi, Mason Packard, Chris Pomroy, Ryan Seiter and Max Swan.

Varsity Baseball Team members honored at the Clare BOE meeting included: Pictured from left Travis Vida, Tucker Roe, David Lingaur, Gabe Denton, Paul Cole and Connor Clickner. They are shown with Coach Clint Colosky and Superintendent Doug Fillmore. Not pictured were Ben Bates, Charlie Bugbee, Camden Dice, Alex Dysinger, John Franko, Brendan Gyulveszi, Mason Packard, Chris Pomroy, Ryan Seiter and Max Swan.

has been trying to form a “Cheer Club” to perform during varsity football games.

At the August meeting they noted that although they thought they had authorization to form the club, they were told to stop until they brought the matter to the board. At that meeting Board President Tome Weaver said although he appreciated their efforts and the work they put into the club, they would need to come back to the board in September for approval. They had already gotten donations for the club.

Monday night Martin said she was completely frustrated with the whole process. She went over a series of emails with High School Principal Ed Hubel on whether board approval was necessary since the activity is not a sport.

“There will be no cheer this year,” she said, sounding very emotional.
Weaver apologized to her for the confusion. “We thought clubs had to have board approval. Now the decision is in the hands of Ed Hubel.”
Board member Steve Stark said, “I’m embarrassed and would like to apologize. This was not handled correctly.

In an email Tuesday, Stark clarified his statements at the meeting. He wrote, “I believe anything we can do as a school district and benefit even one child is a positive thing, and should be our goal. At times I have a high level of frustration with our inability as a school to provide clear direction on some issues. My comments regarding my frustrations should in no way diminish my support to Ed Hubel. I believe he is an exceptional principal and has nothing but the best interest of our kids at heart.”

Monday evening was also a time for the recognition of Spring Sports.
Members of the Varsity Baseball squad were honored for their outstanding athletic accomplishments in baseball. The team, which had a 22-10 overall record were District Champions and Gabe Denton was named First Team All-State Division 3 Catcher.

Member of the Girls’ Varsity Track team were also honored. Coach Kyle McKown said the team was Academic All State and had an outstanding season. They were Jack Pine Conference Champions, Regional Champions and finished 13th at State.

State Qualifiers included Jordyn Bradley, Olivia Cooper, Paige Gould Makenzie Harmon, Jasmine Harper, Lexy Harton, Ellie Johnson, Natalee Kunse, Lexy

Girls’ Track Team (left) members, shown here with Coach Kyle McKown and Superintendent Doug Fillmore.

Girls’ Track Team (left) members, shown here with Coach Kyle McKown and Superintendent Doug Fillmore.

Lowe, Mallory McDowell and Erin Weeks.

Boys’ Varsity Track members were also honored for their accomplishments and were Regional Champions.  State Qualifiers included Levi Boynton, Alex Dysinger, Chase Field, Kyler Phillips, Kevin Spicer-Torres and Jimmy Teal.

In other business at the meeting:
*Superintendent Fillmore congratulated the band on their halftime performance and reported 1,508 students, seven more than budgeted for. He said the Interim Primary Principal was Sean Tyson and that there are already 30 applicants for the Primary Principal position.

*A proposal from Statewide Real Estate for the sale of property on the north side of the city was babbled for four months, to try and develop a creative marketing strategy for the sale.

*Sue Murawski was appointed as the school district delegate for the 2015 Michigan Association of School Boards Fall Conference Assembly.

*The board approved August bills totaling $127,581.90.

*The board met in closed session to discuss a matter of attorney-client privilege.

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