Farwell BOE honors departing board members

December 26, 2014

Irene Hanner, shown here with Superintendent Carl Seiter, was honored for 13 years  on the Farwell BOE December 15.

Irene Hanner, shown here with Superintendent Carl Seiter, was honored for 13 years
on the Farwell BOE December 15.

By Pat Maurer

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Terry Ellenwood was honored at the Farwell BOE for 4 years of service. He is shown with Superintendent Seiter.

Three former Farwell Board of Education members were honored at the regular meeting December 15 – Irene Hanner, Terry Ellenwood and Duffey Doxtader.

Hanner and Ellenwood did not run for re-election. Hanner had been on the BOE for 13 years and Ellenwood for four years. Doxtader resigned last summer for medical reasons after serving on the BOE for a total of 16 years and Deana Pitts was appointed to fill his seat. She was elected to the seat in the November election. Doxtader also served as a member of the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD) for four years.

The two-four year seats on the board will be filled by Bill Scott and Holly Thrush, both elected in November.

At the board meeting Superintendent Car Seiter said, “I want to express my gratitude and admiration to these board member [Hanner, Doxtader and Ellenwood] for their dedication to the students of Farwell Area Schools. Their hard work and commitment had nothing but the best interest of our kids at heart…we are blessed to have worked with each of you.”

The BOE also officially confirmed a decision made at the December1 meeting when they approved a Bond Refunding Resolution on the 2005 Construction Bonds. Seiter said, “This will save the taxpayers of the Farwell Area School [District] over $300,000 on the remaining bonds. This will allow for a lowering of the debt levy.”

Other business at the meeting included:
*Honoring students of the month: ninth grader Kalynn Brandon; tenth grader Jeremy Goheen; eleventh grader Sidney Murphy; and 12th grader Kyle Ingraham.

*A presentation by Dennis and Ruth Ann Wissinger of the VFW honoring the winners of this year’s Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy winners. Patriot’s Pen winners were 1st place – Caleb Pitts, 2nd place – Montana Shimmons, and 3rd place Alexis Card. Voice of Democracy winners were 1st place Cheyanne Pfund, 2nd place Marissa Ingram, and 3rd place (two winners) Alysha Luster and Andrew Pfeiffelman.

*A review of the state’s Best Practice criteria. The district must meet seven of nine to qualify for $50 per pupil in state allowance.

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