By Pat Maurer
The beginning of the new school year is now just over a week away and six new teachers and five new coaches were introduced at the Monday Clare Board of Education meeting.
Superintendent Doniel Pummell introduced the five new teachers that were present at the meeting. They include:
*Megan Brennan – first grade;
*Heidi Maloney – Science, Health, PE;
*Laura Brown – Sixth grade Special Education
*Jacqui McKay – Middle and High School Special Education;
*Kevin Richards – High School Special Education;
*Tracey Pitchford – Middle School Reading Intervention.
New coaches for the coming year were also introduced to the board members. They include:
*Leah VanOrman – JV Volleyball;
*Marc Jarstfer – JV Football;
*Emily Blackburn – Varsity Volleyball;
*Jacqui McKay – Freshman Volleyball;
*Kevin Richards – Assistant Football coach
Several presentations were also on the agenda for the regular August board meeting.
Jason Lundin gave a District Improvement Plan presentation, after a yearlong effort by the District Team. “We made decisions based on the District goals,” Lundin said. Board member Sue Murawski
lauded the team’s unity over the past two years.
Amy Emeott gave a presentation on the pilot program in the fourth grade with students using iPads. She reported improvements in both Math and English and the benefits for at-risk students.
Sarah Abraham went over the Title I Reading Intervention Program, also citing the improvements made by students over the year.
Lori Schmidt was also at the meeting to request the board consider approving a June trip to Puerto Rico that Spanish students would take. She said the students [nine have put down a deposit already] have already begun fundraising for the trip. Her request will be on the agenda next month.
During the reports, Board member Steve Stark noted that the Sports Boosters raised over $100,000 last year. Superintendent Pummell reported that the band camps were very successful and that the High School Band will give a half-time performance on September 6.
During the Superintendent’s report, Pummell also said that the Brookwood 2.0 celebration was very well attended.
In other business the board approved bills payable totaling $179,943.89.
Finally the bore went into closed session to discuss ongoing negotiations.