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RAPS board officers unchanged

The Roscommon Area Public Schools Board of Education voted unan­imously to keep the same set of officers as last year during their annual organi­zational meeting at the Roscommon Middle School Library Jan. 9. Board members Sonia Lake and David Vogel were absent.

Board officers include Kim Morley, president, Scott Hess, vice president, Amy Coulter, secretary and Todd Jan­sen, treasurer. Members of the board’s finance committee also remained the same with Morley appointing herself, Lake and Jansen. Coulter will remain the board’s representative on the district’s marketing committee.

As part of a consent grouping, the board voted to continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the RMS library, with meetings to begin at 6 p.m.

Morley announced the board’s goals for the year, which included reviewing board of education governance standards provided by the Michigan Association of School Boards (adopted by unanimous mous vote during the meeting) dur­ing each board meeting, and working to make sure that voters pass the bond issues for capital projects that are to be on the May ballot. Other goals include gaining a greater understanding of the various data used in making data-driven decisions and to have each board mem­ber visit all the district’s buildings during the year.

Morley announced areas the board wants Superintendent Catherine Erick­son to work on this year, which include student growth, community relations and the development of long range financial goals for the district.

The board also approved $17,000 for the repair of one of the three boilers at RMS. Erickson told the board that two of the three boilers in the school are currently not operable, and that she is “very afraid” of having the one remain­ing boiler break down. Hess said that the boiler situation is a good example of the necessity of the bond issue for building renovation the district will put forward during the May election.

Erickson also congratulated advanced placement staff and students at Roscom­mon High School for being named an Honor Roll District by AP Central and the College Board. RAPS is one of 21 districts in the state to receive the honor. During board comment near the end of the meeting, Coulter noted that RAPS was the only Honor Roll District to have 30% or more of its students that qualify for free or reduced lunches make the honor roll, and said that inclusion on the honor roll for advanced placement stud­ies “is a huge accomplishment for our district.” Jansen agreed, saying “it was fantastic to see that.”

Erickson noted that with classes of 70 or 80 students in each grade at the high school, there are typically 20 to 30 students in advanced placement classes, which she said is a much higher percent­age than at many larger high schools.

The board will hold a special meeting at the RHS library beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 to finalize bond language for the May election. Board members are to be honored the same evening during half­time at the boys varsity basketball game against Meridian.

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