2014-2015 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.
July 13, 2015: the next regularly scheduled Board meeting at 6:30pm CB Portable
June 22, 2015: The Annual Budget Hearing was held prior to the Regular meeting. During the Regular Board meeting, the EES Professional Learning Community gave a class size presentation; the 2014-15 Amended Budget and the 2015-16 Budget were approved; short term borrowing of $3,500,000 in anticipation of state school aid was approved; 2015-16 MHSAA Membership resolution was adopted; Carrie Wendell and Tim Eastman were approved as building Principals; Dr. Bird's retirement and resignation was accepted and Dr. Buchler's Superintendent contract was approved.
May 11, 2015: During this Regular Board meeting, 3 teams of students from Ben Tomlinson's class presented their Global Innovation Projects; VBISD General Fund Operating Budget Resolution for 2015-2016 was adopted; VBISD Biennial Election Resolution was adopted; June 22 was designated as the Annual Budget Hearing; a technology purchase of 250 laptops and upgrades for 400 computers with bond proceeds; accepted the retirement of Mary Srodulski, EES Teacher.
April 13, 2015:
During the Regular Board meeting, several Board policies were adopted; the District's food service contract for the 2015-2016 school year with Chartwell's was renewed; the purchase of three (3) new school buses from the 2015 Proposal #2 Bond Fund was approved; Trustee Shari Magrath was appointed the MCS Board designate for the VBISD elections in June 2015; retirements were accepted from Christie Enstrom-West, Beth Principe and Deborah Davis; True Blue awards were presented to Mary Reaume and Deb Davis for their 19 and 20 years of dedicated service to the District.
March 22, 2015: During this Special Meeting, the Board had a work session on the superintendent search process.
March 9, 2015: During the Regular board meeting, several Board policies were presented and adopted; the Professional Services Agreement (PSA) between Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering Inc and MCS was approved for survey work; the Architect Contract between Kingscott and MCS was approved; a resolution to ratify and affirm the sale of the district's bonds to Fifth Third Securities was adopted and the Superintendent's evaluation was approved. In addition, a culturally immersive field trip to Costa Rica was approved for MS students in June 2016. The Board also approved a service agreement with Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) to conduct an internal candidate search.
March 3, 2015: A special meeting was called to discuss the Superintendent Search
February 17, 2015: A special meeting was called to allow Michigan Leadership Academy (MLI) and Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) give presentations regarding their superintendent search services.
February 9, 2015: Due to the implementation of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), STEM & STEAM, the High School Graduation requirements were amended to reflect new Science Curriculum requirements; an 2014-2015 Budget Amendment was approved; the Governor's Best Practices Incentive Resolution was adopted and two overnight trip requests were approved.
January 12, 2015: During the Regular monthly meeting, several Board polices were presented for first reading. A group of staff presented to the Board the S.T.E.A.M initiative and their 5 year plan. The resignation of Julie Homan, transportation, was accepted.
January 12, 2015: The Re-Organizational meeting took place with new Board members Maureen Ford & Shari Magrath and re-elected Board members Bruce Miller & Scott Sylvester taking the Oath of Office. The following Board members were elected to office: Alan Koenig, President; Scott Sylvester, Vice President; Ted Roethlisberger, Secretary and Tim Mitchell, Treasurer. In addition, Board meetings were set for the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Center Building Portable. However, the June meeting will be held on June 22, 2015. The Board made the annual designations of school depositories, legal counsel, auditor, election administrator, electronic transfer officer and liaison to MPEF.
December 8, 2014: The 2015 School Building & Site Bonds (Series 1) Resolution was adopted and the retirement of Joan DeVisser was approved. Trustees Kristine Kounelis and Zbig Srodulski were presented True Blue awards in recognition of their years of service.
November 10, 2014: The 2013-14 Annual Financial Statements and Audit Report were presented by Yeo & Yeo in which MCS was issued a clean opinion. The Board ratified a resolution for Refunding the Bonds previously adopted in Sept 2014; The January Re-Organizational meeting was set for Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 6:30pm with the Regular Meeting to follow at 7:00pm; A leave of absence was approved for HS English Teacher, Terisa Pollock, for the remainder of the school year. Miller-Davis provided the Board with an update on the new Bond project and shared the decision making process and a conceptual schedule.
October 13, 2014: The Board was informed of a transportation purchase in the amount of $22,500 to assist in the transportation services of students eligible for McKinney-Vento Assistance Act and students with special circumstances; approved the purchase of 2 Apple laptop carts for the EES; appointed parent Nikole Harris to serve on the Van Buren ISD PAC committee; approved HS Choir Master Singers overnight trip and two Model UN overnight trips to University of Michigan and Northwestern University.
October 1, 2014: At a Special Board Meeting work session, the Board and Administration discussed the OCR complaint process, how various evaluations are used within the District and the employee discipline process. No action was taken.
September 15, 2014: Adopted the 2015 Refunding Bonds resolution, appointed Alan Koenig as the delegate for the 2014-15 Van Buren County Association of School Boards, appointed Scott Sylvester, Ted Roethlisberger and Alan Koenig as voting delegates and Bruce Miller as alternate for the MASB 2014 Delegate Assembly, hired Joanna Hall (HS), Jarrod DeGroff (HS) and Ashley Counterman (HS), accepted the resignations of Scott Gardner (HS) and Mary Zemlick (HS) and approved the 2014-2015 slate of coaches.
September 8, 2014: Due to a scheduling issue, the September Board of Education Meeting has been RESCHEDULED for September 15th at 7:00pm
August 11, 2014: The Annual Breakfast Hearing was held prior to the August Regular Meeting. The K-12 Breakfast Program was approved for the 2014-2015 school year, the 2015-2015 Debt Levy Resolution was adopted, the School Election Resolution for the Bonding proposals on the November 2014 ballot were adopted, Hired Corilee Kessler (EES), Sydney Kilmartin (EES), Todd Lutz (LES) and Beth Jonker (HS), accepted the resignation of Chris Janowiak, adopted the Banking Resolution and Authorized Signers for Consumers Credit Union.
July 30, 2014: At a Special Board Meeting, the Board adopted a Banking Resolution to enter into a new banking relationship with JPMorgan Chase Bank and authorized the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and the Business Manager as the authorized signers for the new bank accounts; designated the Board President and Board Treasurer as additional signers on the new bank accounts; designated Trustee Srodulski as the Acting Secretary in the Board Secretary's absence for the purpose of executing documents associated with establishing the new banking relationship; and adopted a Purchase Card Resolution to establish commercial credit cards with JPMorgan Chase Bank.
July 2014: The Board of Education set the Annual Breakfast Hearing for August 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM; Amended short term borrowing amount not to exceed $6.5 million; Approved preliminary Bond application; Approved an amendment to Superintendent Bird’s contract; Hired Dustin Anderson (HS), Debra Robaczewski (HS), Tiffany Stommen (MS), Douglas Wrathall (MS) & Approved the retirement of Christine Kuthie (MS).