By Pat Maurer
With renovation and cleanup nearly complete in the Clare High School Media Center, the Board of Education meeting was moved into the cafeteria Monday evening.
Two high school students spoke against the possibility of a “Balanced Calendar” or year-round school option that the board has been investigating.
Tessa Huovinen, a junior, said while she probably won’t have that schedule for her senior year, she believes summer should be “family time.”
“Summer is the time for families to travel and vacation together,” she said. She also said the year-round schedule would make it difficult for students to work in the summer. “Some students need that money for college,” she said.
Superintendent Doniel Pummell said she appreciated the student’s input. “We will study the issue this year and next year with a committee of 27 including parents and teachers.” She added some committee members are for the change while others are opposed.
She told the board that the district would qualify for grant money if the change is implemented in the 2015-16 year.
During Recognition of Citizens, Melissa DeRoche urged that the board have “many more meetings on the Balanced Calendar proposal.”
The board also recognized the achievements of the Business and Professional students that earned honors at the 2014 State Leadership Conference recently. Teacher Jann Cleary reported that of the 187 schools that competed, Clare did “extremely well.” She reported that 13 Clare students will compete at the BPA National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis April 29 through May 4.
She said Laura Walton, Ashley Randall and Trisha Wentworth each took first place in their category; the team of Brooke Painter, Tyler Gillespie, Carlee Williamson and Ryan Seiter took a second place; Saleen Picard earned a third place; Lauryn Fairchild took fifth place; Abigail Denton and Ashley Randall each claimed a sixth place in their categories; Gabe Kasper took a seventh place and a tenth place on two categories.
With no action items on the agenda, the board discussed proposed changes to the High School Student Handbook and recommendations for tenure and probation for teachers.
They also heard reports including:
*Superintendent Pummell announced that an anonymous donor family has provided a Chevrolet Tahoe vehicle for the district for track, cross country and other needs.
*Pummell also suggested demolition of the two oldest tennis courts at Brookwood for creation of a 45-50 vehicle parking lot. She said the cost would be approximately $3,500.
*The Superintendent also announced that the new scoreboards were being installed at Brookwood.
*Primary Principal Mandy Bolen announced that so far there are 85 enrolled for Kindergarten next year.
*Band Boosters President Melissa DeRoche noted that band students will compete at State Festival Thursday. She said the Spring Concert for the High School Band is May 9 and the Middle School performance will be held May 14.