Clare BOE looking for grant to fund liaison officer

By Pat Maurer

During Public Comment time at the Clare Board of Education meeting Monday, parent Joe Venable asked Superintendent Pummell, “Why do we not have a liaison officer [in the schools]?”

Pummell said the board had budgeted $17,000 for an officer, an amount which Clare Chief Brian Gregory said would only fund one and one-half hours a day for an on-campus officer and would not allow for the same officer to be present every day.

Pummell told Venable, “We are waiting on the results of a grant we have applied for.” Gregory noted it is a COPs grant through the Federal government which would provide $125,000 over a three-year period with the Board picking up more of the costs each year and funding the officer completely in the fourth year.

Board President Tom Weaver said, “The budget is tougher and tougher ever year. We will know if we are getting the grant by the end of September.”

At the regular meeting the board also recognized team members.

Athlete Victoria Harper, a State Qualifier in Girl’s Track and Academic All-State for the 3200 Meter Run was honored with a certificate of achievement. She was introduced by Coach Kyle McKown.

For Boys Track, Hunter Nivison, a State qualifier for the 3200 Meter Run and who set the Junior record for All-State and earned All-Conference honors as well; and Jacob Boynton, State qualifier in the shot put who earned All-Conference Honors last spring were both introduced by Coach Adam Burhans and also received certificates of achievement.

The Varsity Baseball Team, who were named District Champions and Regional Champions last spring, were also honored with certificates.  Coach Clint Colosky was also named Regional Coach of the Year. Team members include James Baer (All State – 1st team), Charles Bugbee, Connor Clickner, Camden Dice, Christopher Dysinger, Logan Emery, Robert Green II, Mitchell Greenacre, Spencer Harrell, Garrett Jenkins, Matthew Magnus, Nicholas Montini, Mason Packard, Colton Punches, Hunter Ruby, Brock Swan and Zackary Tyler.

In another matter, Clare Board members heard or read reports from building administrators.

It was noted that Primary School enrollment is 615, with 152 in Kindergarten; 137 in first grade; 97 in second grade; 104 in third grade; and 125 in fourth grade.

Middle School enrollment is at 456 with 97 in fifth grade; 133 in sixth; 108 in seventh; and 118 in eighth grade.
Enrollment in High School is 460. There are 126 students in ninth grade; 104 in tenth; 123 in eleventh grade; and 107 are seniors this year.

Thirty-four adults participated in orientation at Pioneer High School.

In other business Monday:

*Audrey Bailey of Ten 16 Recovery Network of Clare County gave a presentation on what the organization does and noted they have received a PFS-II federal grant to develop a prevention coalition for Clare County through the “Communities That Care system, which is a community-wide initiative for the benefit of the youth in the county.

*Reports from Dennis Carmoney for the Sports Boosters and Melissa DeRoche for the Band Boosters. Carmoney noted that McDonald Chrysler is donating $1,980 to the three boosters’ organizations, which include the Education Boosters.

*Superintendent Doniel Pummell gave her monthly report which included an outline of “Doni’s Smart Goals for the year which include student achievement, relationships, communication and the budget.

*The board also approved bills payable totaling $175,981.55.

Finally the board went into closed session to discuss ongoing negotiations.

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