2015-2016 Board Briefs
Board Briefs are a summary of the items from the monthly Board of Education Meetings. For a complete listing of meeting minutes, please download the pdf version from the files at the right. Please note, meeting minutes are not posted until they are approved at the following month's meeting.
June 27, 2016: Annual Budget Hearing at 6:00pm CB Portable
June 27, 2016: the next regularly scheduled Board meeting at 6:30pm CB Portable
May 9, 2016: At the May meeting - we celebrated learning! We enjoyed rich presentations from: LES Safeties; Mattawan RoboKats FLL and FTC teams; MHS Writing Center, MHS PALS, MHS Model UN and the MHS Technical Reading & Writing class. The Board adopted resolutions to support the Monarch Butterfly as the State of Michigan's official state insect and the VBISD 2016-17 General Fund Operating Budget. In addition, the Board approved the purchase of 3 new school buses and a 10 cent increase for lunch and breakfast meals for the 2016-14-7 school year (as directed by the USDA Food & Nutrition Service).
April 11, 2016: Later Elementary Teacher, Jason Osborn, shared a presentation on his 3rd-5th graders and 3D printing; the 2015-2016 Amendment to the General Appropriations Act was approved; the Board approved the bid of TPC Technologies for the Proposal 2 MS/HS Technology A/V & Paging Systems; the Board approved the contracts and vendors for Proposal 2 MS/HS Furniture/Fixtures; the Board approved the Low Base Bid contractors for 19 bid categories on Proposal 1 of the new Elementary construction project; and an overnight trip request was approved for the HS Choir trip to NY.
March 14, 2016: High School Principal Tim Eastman shared a presentation on the Peer-to-Peer program and the Board approved the 2016-2017 Food service management contract renewal. The board approved Proposal 2 MS/HS Technology contracts for the following: Cabling was awarded to Master Electric, Access Control Systems was awarded to MKE, Video Security Systems was awarded to Security Corp and Network Switches & Wireless Access Points was awarded to Secant Technologies. The retirement of Connie Betz was approved and Dr. Buchler was given a highly effective rating on her first annual performance evaluation and the Board granted a one-year extension to her employment contract which will run through June 2019.
February 1, 2016: President Koenig appointed the standing committee members; Principal Carrie Wendell and staff members Kim Porco and Tracie Osborn shared a presentation on the Later Elementary STEAM initiatives; the Board of Education authorized MCS to cast our vote for Alan Koenig for MASB Region 6 Board of Directors; overnight trip requests were approved for the HS Writing Center to attend the annual East Central Writing Center Association Conference & the HS Band trip to Disney; approved the retirement of Michelle Baird; and adopted a Resolution to urge the repeal of Public Act 269.
January 11, 2016: At the regular meeting, Board members were recognized for School Board appreciation month. Becky Moore, EES principal, shared a video presentation on "How Writers' Workshop grows our Youngest Writers". Steffin Messer was approved as a new teacher hire and an overnight trip request was approved for the HS Choir trip to Chicago.
January 11, 2016: At the Reorganizational Meeting, officers were elected: Alan Koenig, President; Scott Sylvester, Vice President; Ted Roethlisberger, Secretary; and Tim Mitchell, Treasurer. Regular board meetings were set for the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30pm in the Center Building Portable. The February meeting will be held early on February 1st and the June meeting will be held June 27th. Annual designations of school depositories, legal counsel, auditor, election administrator and electronic transfer officer were made. Scott Sylvester was appointed the Board liaison to MPEF.
December 14, 2015: The Board recognized the Volleyball Team and Coach Degroote for an outstanding season achieving Conference, District and Regional championships and for reaching the Quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Middle School ELA teachers Laurie Hogan-McLean, Susie Schierbeek & Anne Weston presented their "North South Project". The Project was a collaborative effort between their 8th grade English classes and 8th graders in Alabama exploring stereotypes. Dr. Buchler discussed our Spring 2015 M-Step results and how to interpret them. An overnight trip for the HS Forensics team to attend the State tournament at CMU was approved. The retirement of Cindy Harrell and the resignation of Dustin Anderson was approved. The Board nominated President Koenig as a candidate for the Region 6 MASB Board of Directors.
November 9, 2015: The Board recognized the Boys Soccer Team for an outstanding season. They had a great post-season run and were recognized as Academic All-State and participated in community service projects. Coach Kirt Brown acknowledged the tremendous support of the fans by naming them "Player of the Game" for the final game of the season. Yeo & Yeo issued a clean opinion of our 2014-2015 Annual Financial Statements; The District and Building School improvement plan updates were presented; the January re-organizational meeting was set for Monday, January 11 2016 at 6:00pm and the Regular Board meeting will follow at 6:30pm.
October 19, 2015:
Special Meeting: Miller-Davis presented the Trade Contractor Bid Tabulation
for Proposal 2 (MS/HS additions and renovations). We received 52 bids in 13 construction categories. The Low Base Bid Contractor's
were recommended and approved by the Board. In addition, Kingscott presented the Final Design and Development Plan
for the new Later Elementary School which was also approved by the Board.
September 14, 2015:
October 12, 2015: The Middle School's Mattawan Crepe 66 Cafe Junior Chefs Mckenna Gray, Braxton French, Keyara French and co-coaches Jennifer French and David Rose shared with the Board their award winning experience and presentation from the Junior Chef competition; Ken Mohney, Director of Student Activities, shared the Annual Report that included a breakdown on participation, honors and awards. He gave special thanks to Kim Kondor and Sue Jaques who were instrumental in assembling the data. Model UN will be participating in 3 overnight events this year and these were approved by the Board. Special recognition was given to Brenda Graham on the completion of her MSBO Chief Financial Officer certification renewal.
The Middle School presented their favorable results after using the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) survey tool to measure success in the sixteen characteristics found in "This We Believe: Keys to Education Young Adolescents"; the Board appointed Shari Magrath, Maureen Ford and Alan Koenig as delegates and Scott Sylvester as an alternate for MASB's 2015 Delegate Assembly; approved the Superintendent Evaluation Form, accepted the recommendations to hire Sarah Mazure (HS), Tim DeVary (HS), Rachel Haas (HS), Andrea Eash (EES) and Whitney Ihrman-Holmes (EES); accepted the resignation of Kristen Gonyeau (EES) and approved a leave of absence for Judy Aukes (EES).
August 10, 2015: The Annual Breakfast hearing was held where Dining Services presented and discussed our breakfast program. MCS population of students eligible for free & reduced meals is 21% (over 20% for the first time). As such, MCS is required to offer a breakfast program. The Board approved the continuation of this program for the 2015-2016 school year. Other business included the adoption of the 2015-2016 Debt Levy at 7.24 mills. It was noted the increase is due to the 2014 Bond proposals. Kingscott and Miller-Davis presented and the Board approved the final Design and Development plans for the MS & HS Proposal 2 bond project. In addition, the Board approved the hiring of Ben Rimes, Christina Hinds, Aaron Noordhoek, Emily Fox, Caitlin Hurst, Anne Weston, Tori Schroeder, Kim Porco, Anna Hunt, Missy Miller, Anne Bailey, Laura Thornburg, Kelsey Johnston, Tara Fletcher and Katie Levin and approved the resignation of Ben Tomlinson.
July 13, 2015: During this regular Board meeting, the date and time of the Annual Breakfast Hearing was set for Monday, August 10th at 6:15pm (prior to the Regular meeting); approved the Construction Management contract with Miller-Davis Company for the 2014 Bond Project; approved the 2015-16 Teacher's Master Agreement; approved the resignation of Eileen Schoenfeld (HS Language Teacher) and a leave of absence for the 2015-16 school year for Erin Conrad (EES Instructional Support).