New liaison officer at Farwell Schools

February 9, 2018

New School Liaison Officer Deputy Bill Sharp is now on duty at Farwell Schools.

New School Liaison Officer Deputy Bill Sharp is now on duty at Farwell Schools.

By Pat Maurer

One announcement at Monday’s meeting of the Farwell Board of Education was that the district now has a new liaison officer, Clare County Deputy Bill Sharp, and that he has begun duties in the district’s buildings.

The decision to hire a liaison officer was made at the January meeting when new Farwell Superintendent Dave O’Bryant told the board that Act 31a, at-risk funds were available. The BOE voted unanimously to approve a contract with the Clare County Sheriff’s Department for a liaison officer at the district’s schools.
The position has been vacant since 2016, when it was eliminated due to budget constraints.

Another announcement bringing a round of applause from audience and board members alike was that Dr. Dee Yarger was the winner of the Golden Apple Award by WCFX of Mt. Pleasant recently.

Yarger is the Principal of the high school. She was nominated for the monthly award by Deanna Ross, who said, “Mrs. Yarger goes above and beyond for her

Ken Chinevare of the Clare Gladwin RESD explains the installation of wireless access equipment.

Ken Chinevare of the Clare Gladwin RESD explains the installation of wireless access equipment.

students. She makes them feel like part of a big family. I’ve experienced this first hand. She works hard day in and day out and many times into the late hours of the night. Definitely deserves an award.”

The board meeting Monday evening also included approval for the purchase of 256 computers, devices and laptops for students. Of that total, 248 are replacement devices and eight are additional. The $61,794 purchase is part of an annual rotation of technology for students.

Ken Chinevare was also at the meeting with a presentation about technology including last summer’s installation of wireless access equipment at the school. Chinevare is Director of Operations, and Regional Information Technology Services for the Clare Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD) including area schools.

He said the new wireless access equipment for area schools in Clare and Gladwin Counties cost $1.1 million with most of the cost provided through a fee on cell and regular phones. He said the new technology would be good for five to seven years.

Another presentation was Make by Mid Michigan Community College Director of Auxiliary Services Kelly Koch who outlined the classes and other services of

Kelly Koch of MMCC outlines some of the services of the college.

Kelly Koch of MMCC outlines some of the services of the college.


Elementary Principal Cathy Gross talked about a fundraising effort for the McDonald House. She was sporting purple hair, the result of a promise to dye her hair purple if their project, filling jars with pull tabs from cans, was completed by every class. She said students collected 150 pounds of pull tabs and they raise enough to finance six days at a McDonald House.

Middle School Principal Nancy Cairndoff told about fundraising in their school totaling almost $1,000.

Timberland Dean of Students Bob First noted that five students have graduated, three students are taking CTE classes and two are working towards their GED.
In action at the meeting, two contracts for At-Risk Aides with Central Michigan Health were discussed. One for a School Social Worker and one for a Science/Social Studies teacher.

Superintendent David O’Bryant said he would have a recommendation at the next meeting.

In other business at the meeting:

*The resignations of Girls Golf Coach Angela Pakledinaz and Kitchen Staff Janet Greathouse were approved.

*Approval was given to hire Riley Soloc as new kitchen staff and for two para-pros, Janice Theisen and Sydney Hurley.

*The board approved a list of goals for Superintendent O’Bryant including under Communication: updated the school website, community involvement, a Facebook page, articles in the newspaper and staff communication. Under the budget, to reduce class sizes and work to reduce the school choice ratio. As part of the Follow up item, that four times a year, he would update at the School board workshops and give an update to the board and community about how previously adopted programs are working out.

*Students of the month were celebrated including 8th grader Drew Harris, 9th grader Brenden Green, 10th grader Adam VanBuskirk, 11th grader JD Pakledinaz, 12th grader Jillian Yule and for Timberland, Alan Pipes.

*Monthly operational invoices totaling $380,997.14 were approved.

*A report was given that Farwell Cheerleaders, ranked number one in their division, placed second at their annual competition and will be competing at State.


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