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Clare BOE recognizes JPC, Regional cross country champions

Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams were singled out for honors at Monday’s Clare Board of Education Meeting.

Superintendent Doniel Pummell said the boys’ team, including Jonathan Harper, Tanner Vida, Brandon Frank, Jake McFadden, Kam Hawley, Kevin Spicer-Torres and Hunter Nivison, were Jack Pine Conference Champions; took sixth place in the Michigan High School Athletic Association finals and earned  Team Academic All-State.

The girls’ team did just as well, she added. They were also JPC Champions; won the Regional Championship; took ninth place in the MHSAA finals; and earned Team Academic All-State. Team members honored included Emily Crowley, Victoria Harper, Olivia Walworth, Robyn Stanley, Melissa Benchley, Lindsay Winter and Sadie Phillips.

Boys’ coach Adam Burhans, and girls’ coach Kyle McKown were also both recognized for their team’s successes at the board meeting.

The recognitions continued when Superintendent Pummell presented each board member with a certificate recognizing them for their contributions to the school district. Pummell said. “January is School Board Recognition Month to the school district. Thanking this group of leaders and givers once a month, once a year, is certainly not enough; however, these ladies and gentlemen do not serve in these positions to be thanked. They do what they do because they care about the kids and staff of Clare Public Schools.  We are a strong system because they are a great Board.”

Although they weren’t yet formally recognized, High School Principal Lee Turner told the board that the Business and Professional students, “under the leadership of Jann Cleary and Deb Loesel, did very well in regional competition recently.” He said 35 students have qualified for the State competition in Grand Rapids March 22 through 25, but he didn’t know how many would be going yet.

Board President Tom Weaver said the BPA’s travel plans for the competition will be on the next meeting’s agenda for approval.

During Recognition of Citizens, Terry Bond told the board that, “Contrary to rumors, I did not agree to retire – I am being forced to retire.” Bond said she was planning to work with the Clare-Gladwin RESD on a transition to their services for technical support, as was outlined last month by Superintendent Pummell. “We still have a lengthy list of projects we were working on”, she said, “including the technology plan required for Title I funds. I was hoping this transition could be delayed until July 1 to finish the transition.” She said she had filed a grievance with the Superintendent, but it was “ignored.”

Other business at Monday’s meeting included:
*Superintendent Pummell’s report including the possibility that school districts will get the same funding next year. “We will get the Governor’s budget February 9,” she said.  She also told the board they “may have to consider a RESD-wide enhancement millage for technical education funding. “This could add revenue for all districts,” she said. “It would be very beneficial.”

*The first reading of a proposed addendum to the High School Handbook about cut scores, personal curriculum and certificates of completion. Turner said the State requires local districts to create and adopt a policy.

*A report from Band Boosters President Kent Randall that seven students will participate in the Honors Band in Standish/Sterling  and that the High School Pep Band had performed at Central Michigan University. “The High School Jazz Band will play at CMU’s Jazz Weekend,” he said. He introduced the new booster president Dawn Painter.

*Bills totaling $55,959.93 for December were also approved.