By Pat Maurer
In his written report to the board, Clare’s Athletic Director Jack Kramer outlined the district’s winter athletic accomplishments. “Clare can be very proud of our athletic teams this winter with three wrestlers working their way to the State Championships. Dominik Herkel and Logan Emery finished in the top 12 of Division 3 wrestlers. Brandon Ayris was a medalist at the state tournament earning an 8th place medal at 171 pounds.”
He noted that Katie Warner was the first bowler in the history of Clare to compete at the MHSAA State Bowling Finals held in Jackson and that the Boys’ Ski Team tied for the Regional Championship and placed fifth at the State Meet held in Marquette. Skiers Maggie Merillat and Madi Cleary also qualified as individual skiers at the state meet. Clare’s Ski Coach Jann Cleary was named Central Alpine Ski Conference Coach of the Year for both the boys and girls and was named Boys Regional Coach of the Year.
Kramer also lauded the Boys Basketball team for winning their first game in the Districts, saying Scott Smith was named to the Second Team Jck Pine All Conference.
“And who can say enough about our Girls’ Basketball Team with a 19-1 regular season record, a perfect 14-0 in the Jack Pine Conference, District and Regional Champions, with a MHSAA Quarterfinal appearance for the first time in the history of Clare,” Kramer continued. Earning First Team Jack Pine All Conference Recognition were Lindsay Winter, Melissa Benchley, Courtney English and Ashley Petree. Honorable Mention Awards went to Corinne Wezensky and Alex Stark.
Kramer will soon be leaving Clare.
The board is looking for a new Athletic Director. Superintendent Doniel Pummell said Kramer came out of retirement to take the ‘interim’ position until we can find someone. I have been working with him on this.” She said Kramer would work with the new Athletic Director when one is hired.
She said the AD position would be posted from March 22 through April 12.
For the first time in several years, the Clare Board of Education has approved the purchase of a new school bus.
Transportation Director Mike Hayden went through the purchasing process for the board. He said the average age of the district’s bus fleet is 12 years old and the average mileage on the busses is 126,000.
He said he would let bids to three venders April 1st and should have bids back for the April board meeting.
Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, the board agreed to put aside .5 percent of revenues into the Capital Expenditure Fund annually with a bus to be purchased at the end of the school year.
Hayden said the cost for a new bus is approximately $85,000.
Trustee Steve Stark said, “We need to do something before all of our busses are unusable. We have to do a lot better than buying a bus every five years…”
Superintendent Doniel Pummell agreed. “The roads are tearing up our busses,” she said. “I have contacted the Road Commission about it.”
In another matter, Pioneer Principal Doug Fillmore told the board in his report, “It is unfortunate that we have such a demand for adult education in this area. However, the success we are having truly benefits our community.”
In a presentation to the board, Ed Hubel reported over 90 adults enrolled in Adult Education and that 30 have graduated and some are enrolled at Mid Michigan Community College.
He said Clare has been approved as a testing center and said the adult program is “the quiet secret of Clare Public Schools.”
Fillmore reported that 184 of 187 Clare students passed their GED tests, an average of 98 percent compared to the national passing average of 60 to 75 percent. “Currently Clare Pioneer has the highest passing rate of any GED program in the State of Michigan,” he reported.
Other business at Monday’s regular meeting included:
*A presentation of MEAP results by Laurel Nordfjord and Mandy Bolen.
*Approval for the Jazz Band to perform in Detroit.
*Approval of monthly bills totaling $95,965.95.