Farwell BOE approves new staff

The Bonnie Plant award was given to Madison Dysinger of Farwell Elementary for  growing a 25 pound cabbage, which was judged the winner for the state of Michigan.

The Bonnie Plant award was given to Madison Dysinger of Farwell Elementary for
growing a 25 pound cabbage, which was judged the winner for the state of Michigan.

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

At their regular board meeting January 19 the Farwell Board of Education approved hiring five paraprofessionals for the Elementary and Middle Schools.

The board approved Barb Gretka for the Middle School and Joan Kraft-Saupe for the Middle School Choice Room. Matt Hamlin, Patricia Mangus and Jody Bennett were hired as para-pros for the Elementary School.

Superintendent Car Seiter introduced new staff members Robert Holiday of the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education School District and Ann Hanna of Chartwells. Holiday will replace Adam Myers and work as System Administrator for both Farwell and Beaverton. Hanna replaces Jeff Mustamma as the district’s Food Service Director.

Under new business at the meeting, Holiday gave a presentation on “current and potential maps of wireless coverage now and when the project is completed,” Superintendent Carl Seiter reported.

He said the wireless technology upgrade project is to ensure there are no connections issues for the online state testing scheduled this spring. The total costs of the project, including replacement of some battery back-up systems, are estimated at $14,504.

Business Manager Jacob Sullivan discussed the need to replace copiers. He said the district “will not be able to make it through the school year with the current copies that are in their fourth year of operation.” He said the district will explore a “cost per copy/printing” solution that would combine district copiers and printer for a total printing solution.

To celebrate School Board Recognition Month, Seiter presented the board members with Appreciation Certificates from the Michigan Association of School Boards as well as a donation in their name to the Imagination Library, a program providing preschoolers with a free book each month until they are five. Staff, students and community members also expressed their appreciation to board members.

Kate Saupe and Bria Colosky of the National Honor Society reported that NHS students helped 30 families and 68 children with gifts and meals to help them celebrate Christmas.

During Public Comment, a citizen raised questions about the Common Core State Standards and was directed to discuss the concerns with Superintendent Seiter.

During Committee Reports, Seiter reported on the recent Personnel and Physical Plant/Transportation committee meeting. During the meeting concerns about positions that were reduced or eliminated last spring were discussed. Projects were detailed in a report from Maintenance/Transportation Director Cody McConnell. The positions and district needs will be prioritized and addressed as funding becomes available, Seiter reported.

Students of the Month were named including ninth grader Brianna Knorr, tenth grader Skylar Stoddard, junior Michelle Boyd and senior Austin Hawley.

 

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