Boyne City Public School Board; parents ask for fewer cuts

boyne school board work session

Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

The Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday June 8 to discuss technology grants, vote on agenda items and discuss the general fund budget.

Multiple public comments were made during the meeting, most about how the parents appreciate the school’s efforts and programs and urging them to do the best they can in preventing unnecessary budget cuts.

Elementary Student Council

Representatives of the elementary school demonstrated the general workings of an economy, showing the board what they’ve learned this year.

Public comments, relating to the elementary presentation, included support of the early Spanish programs implemented for younger students.

School Improvement

The school improvement team met last month to discuss extended time, and how trimesters worked out for the 2014-15 school year.

Board members agreed at the June 8 meeting that the trimesters were unsuccessful in providing more conductivity of time; most students needed extra time after the trimesters to complete courses.

“Tier one would be the same for all students, tier two and tier three would be intervention time,” said Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education member Zareena Koch. “The extra 15 to 30 minutes during the day (is for) students who need extra support in the regular school year.”

General Fund Budget

The board looked at the general fund budget, and the numbers that are expected to come up for the 2015-16 school year.

The elementary school principal Mark Fralick is retiring this year, and the board discussed that the replacement would cost more because Fralick wasn’t getting paid retirement benefits as he had come out of retirement to work for Boyne City Schools.

“It’s gonna be $35,000 to $40,000 more to replace Mark’s position,” said Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Moss. “So that 40 almost balances what we are getting from the senate so it’s like our budget reductions are close to what we talked about a couple of weeks ago.”

The board discussed opening another class for some grades, as their rosters were getting full each year with the influx of new unexpected students. Moss also pointed out they unexpectedly lose students and it’s hard to tell whether they will end up with an overload each year to warrant another class.

Budget Hearing Scheduled

The updated Boyne City Public School’s budget will be discussed during a hearing at 7 p.m. on Monday June 22, during the regular board meeting.

School Purchases

Moss presented the board with three major purchases that have been made with budget funds and other specified funds budgeted for the items.

Purchases include 450 ipads for the schools at a cost of $258,000, the Rambler Sports Network has purchased a trailer for $10,000 and modifications made to the gym cost nearly $8,000.

agenda items

The board voted to approve probationary student teachers who have completed a certain number of years of service. All that qualified were listed, the board voted to accept these teachers with a 7-0 vote.

A motion was made to approve the tax rate for 2015 of the department of health that requested 18 mils on non-homestead property, all were in favor of this motion and it passed with a 7-0 vote.

The changes to the middle school handbook for the 2015-16 year were passed unanimously.

The changes to the elementary school handbook for the 2015-16 year were unanimously passed.

The school board’s policy was amended by the board of education and passed with a 7-0 vote.

The use of technology funds for 450 iPads in the amount of $250,000 was passed with a 7-0 vote.

The board approved the 2011 bond of the high school gym modifications, not to exceed $6,736.96; the motion carried with a 7-0 vote.

Michigan High School

Athletic Association

There was discussion before the board voted on adopting the 14 MHSAA required policies, that confirmed that BCPS would not be permitted to participate in post season sports if they did not adhere to their policies.

Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education member Ross McLane spoke to the board, stating that none of the members had looked at the policies and it would be irresponsible to vote “yes” when not knowing what they were voting for.

“By supporting this motion, we accept the constitution on the bylaws, the MHSAA, we adopt the MHSAA rules regulations and interpretations,” said McLane…. “I realize, in the absence of sufficient support for this motion, that the MHSAA will not allow any of our teams to participate in any post season competition. The exclusion from post-season play, essentially extorts everyone in this district from supporting this motion. I’ve never found extortion to be very motivating. MHSAA expectation for support based on this … can only be described by me as arrogant.”

The board then voted to approve the measure 6-1; McLane voted “no.”