2013-2014 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 2014: The Board of Education held it’s Annual Budget Hearing at 6:30 PM. Adopted the 2013-2014 Amendment to the General Appropriations Act Resolution; Adopted the 2014-2015 General Appropriations Act Resolution; Approved short-term borrowing of $4.5 million to meet expenses until the District receives state aid monies; Adopted the annual MHSAA Resolution for participation in MHSAA sponsored athletic events; Renewed the contract with Chartwell’s for food management services for the 2014-2015 school year; Approved a purchase request from the Technology Department; Approved the purchase on one new school bus; Approved a Tentative Master Agreement with teaching staff; Hired Rebakah Hoffman (LES) & Kristen Pennington (EES); Accepted retirement/resignations from Nicole Vanderburg (MS), Beth Cochran (EES), Steve Penix (EES), Jon Gingerich (HS) & Revoked a layoff notice to Mary Zemlick.
May 2014: Adopted the VBISD General Fund Operating Budget Resolution, set June 23 2014 at 6:30pm as date/time of the Annual Budget Hearing and the Regular Meeting will begin at 7:00pm on the same evening. Approved the retirements of Shelley Hamilton, Dan Hoff and Patty Woodaz; the one year leave of absence of Teresa Phares and issued a layoff notice to Mary Zemlick.
April 14 2014: Recognition of 2 HS Students as Tech Center Cluster Scholarship recipients, Approved Governor's Best Practices Incentive Resolution, Approved that the Regular School Election Resolution to set the operating millage renewal to be included in the August Primary ballot, VBISD General Fund Operating Budget Resolution was tabled until the May 2014 meeting, Approved the Bond Paying Agent Resolution for 2004, 2005 & 2010 Bond to change from Bank of New York to Huntington Bank due to rising fees.
March 10, 2014: Recognition of Cary Vanderveen, Tess Gooch, Alan Koenig, Lourdes Puzevic and Dr. Bird for their contributions and accomplishments. Approved the award of the copy machine contract to Ricoh. Approved the Board of Education goals. Approved the resignation of Tess Gooch. Ms. Moore (EES Principal) provided a presentation on the Student Council and Leadership Team in the EES.
February 10 2014: The Board of Education, by consensus, determined that there would be no change in standing committee structure, Approved the evaluation of Superintendent Bird, Adopted the 2103-2014 Amendment to the General Appropriations Act Resolution, Approved the purchase of laptop carts, Approved the purchase of Safari/Montage server, Approved an overnight trip for the Mattawan Writing Center students, Heard a presentation from HS students on what Mattawan Consolidated School meant to them.
January 13 2014: The Board of Education accepted the resignation of H.S. Special Education teacher Gina Schmidt, Hired Bethanie Baumann as HS Special Education Teacher, Received certificates from the Michigan Association of School Boards acknowledging their service to the District, Heard a report from Middle School teachers on the Sixth Grade Information Literacy Program.
January 13 2014 Reorganizational Meeting: The Board of Education elected officers, set Board of Education meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7:00pm in the Board Room Portable, Authorized Assistant Superintendent Bill Disch to utilize the depository institutions and accounts deemed appropriate, Designated the firm of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt and Howlett LLP as the District's primary legal counsel, Designated the firm of Yeo & Yeo to conduct the District audit, Tabled appointment of standing committees to the February meeting, Appointed Superintendent Patrick Bird as Election Administrator, Appointed Assistant Superintendent Bill Disch as the Electronic Transfer Officer, Appointed Alan Koenig as the Board's representative on the Van Buren Intermediate County Association of School Boards, Appointed Scott Sylvester to act as the Board of Education liaison to the Mattawan Public Education Foundation.
December 9, 2013: The Board of Education accepted the 2012-2013 Audited Financial Statements as presented by the District’s auditing firm...Set Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM as the date and time of the annual reorganizational meeting, with the regular January meeting to follow at 7:00 PM...Superintendent Bird reported on damage to the HS roof caused by severe winds on December 17, 2013 and claims being processed by the District’s insurance company.
November 11, 2013: The Board of Education acknowledged receipt of a $1000 donation from BASF Corporation to Mattawan Consolidated School...Accepted the resignation of third grade teacher Cheryl O’Donnell...Hired Tonya Brown as a third grade teacher...Heard a report from Intervention Specialist Amy Smith-Owens on the Bucket fillers and Safeties Programs at the Later Elementary School.
October 21, 2013: The Board of Education approved two overnight trips to be taken by the High School Choir...Read the Personnel Report into the minutes...Heard a report from Director of Student Activities Ken Mohney on the athletic program.
September 9, 2013: The Board of Education approved a change in location of Board meetings from the Center Building Conference Room to the Center Building Portable located behind the Later Elementary gym...Approved a bid from Scott Gardner to build the baseball/softball pole building...Appointed Koenig, Mitchell and Sylvester to act as voting delegates and Kounelis as an alternate at the Fall MASB conference...Hired Michelle Brown as a HS English teacher; Amanda Janowiak as a third grade teacher; Ashley Johnson as a second grade teacher; and Mary Zemlick as a HS Spanish teacher...Received an academic update from Superintendent Bird and Assistant Superintendent Buchler.
August 2013: The Board of Education held the Annual Breakfast Hearing...Approved an agreement with Cisco Smartnet to provide warranty and technical support services...Adopted the 2012-2013 Debt Levy Resolution...Approved continuation of the K-12 Breakfast Program for the 2013-2014 school year...Approved Request for Proposal (RFP) process for construction of a new pole building to be used by baseball and softball programs...Approved the following teaching hires: Kelsey Noffsinger, Jennifer Otto, Heather Reeves, Kristen Rowell, Courtney Stafford, Ellen Tapper, Kellie Wallen and
Jennifer Wolff, as well as Hanna Hafner as EES Intervention Specialist...Approved a leave of absence for Dan Hoff for the 2013-2014 school year...Approved the 2013-2014 slate of coaches.
July 8, 2013: The Board of Education set the Annual Breakfast Hearing for August 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM...Increased lunch prices by ten cents (.10) to comply with USDA subsidy requirements...Approved a resolution for relinquishment of reverter on a 10-acre parcel on Main Street owned by the District.