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Brown to lead HLCS board of education

The Houghton Lake Community Schools Board of Education will now be led by former Vice President Julie Brown.

The board elected officers at its orga­nizational meeting Jan. 8.

Treausurer Kelly Christian made the motion to elect Brown and the motion carried 6-1, with former President Tom Dean casting the only no vote.

Member Mark Souder nominated Renee Nichols as vice president; the motion carried unanimously. Member Nan Combs, newly elected to the board in May, 2017, in a recall election, was nominated by Christian as secretary and Christian was nominated by Nichols to remain as treasurer. Both Combs and Christian were elected to their positions unanimously.

Establishing the 2018 meetings schedule, the board voted to continue to hold meetings on the second and fourth Monday of the month. (Exceptions are March, May, July and December, when regular meetings will be held only on the second Monday.)

However, members agreed to a change. A finance committee meeting to be held at 7 a.m. at the administration building and a policy committee meet­ing to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Meeting and Staff Devel­opment Center (located on the west side of Houghton Lake High School) were added to the day of the regular meet­ing the second Monday (first meeting of month) at 6:30 p.m., which will continue to be held at the Board of Education Meeting and Staff Development Center.

In addition, the work session will still be held the fourth Monday (second meeting of the month), but at 7 a.m. at the Board of Education Meeting and Staff Development Center.

President Julie Brown and Treasurer Kelly Christian were approved as autho­rized signers. Chemical Bank, JP Mor­gan Chase Bank, PFM, Bank of New York Mellon and Huntington Bank were named depositories. Thrun Law Firm was again retained at the school board’s legal counsel.

Moving into the regular meeting, the board approved the consent agen­da, which included the hiring of Kim Chinery as secretary/administrative as­sistant for Houghton Lake Community Education; Jessica Striler as one-on-one teacher assistant at Collins Elementary; Brooke White as parapro sub within the district; and the posting of an assistant substitute for the maintenance staff.

State and Federal Programs Director Jenny Oster presented information about Title funding.

“Some new pots of money have be­come available,” she said.

The district already receives Title IA (federal) and Section 31A (state) fund­ing, as well as other Title money. How­ever, Title IV funding, which will likely be one-time only, she said, is available for student support and enrichment.

The board approved new extended- day positions for the second semester with Title IV funding, including a for­eign language teacher (one day per week for two hours) and an art teacher (one day per week for two hours), both at Houghton Lake Middle School, as well as three STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teacher (one day per week for two hours) for K-5 students.

Also approved, with Title IA funding, were two paraprofessionals for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Catholic School (OLLRCS), a math intervention teacher at Houghton Lake Middle School and stipends for staff members who serve on the Building Turnaround Network. Title IA funding will be used for stipends to complete the work of the District Turn­around Network.

Section 31A funding will be used for a stipend for a Building Turnaround Network at Houghton Lake High School and Houghton Lake Alternative Educa­tion and an extended-day STEM manu­facturing teacher (one day per week for two hours), as well as a full-time teacher assistant to offer additional support in reading for third graders at Collins El­ementary, to meet requirements of the upcoming third grade reading law.

She said the district was allowed to amend their grants, seeking additional resources and that the Michigan Depart­ment of Education gave the district the “go-ahead.”

Oster also proposed technology pur­chases using various Title money, such as WiFi access points for all classrooms, replacements for mounted projection units at Collins Elementary and Hough­ton Lake Middle School, a projection unit and iPad for OLLRCS’ extended- day program, administrator laptops for data collection and a server and firewall for Houghton Lake Alternative Educa­tion. (Bids will be reviewed at the next work session, Jan. 22.)

Oster explained that Title funding for OLLRCS follows the student within Houghton Lake’s geographical bound­ary and that two OLLRCS teachers who work there four days a week are paid by HLCS through Title funding.

Superintendent Susan Tyer said the principals had the postings ready to place by the following day (Tuesday).

Tyer added that custodians are in need of a new floor scrubber. The pur­chase of the approximately $8,800 piece of equipment will be on the next meet­ing’s agenda.

During board comment, Souder thanked Dean for his service as board president.

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