01-12-2017 Watervliet school board members receive tokens of appreciation; Coloma School District ne

GIVE ‘EM A BREAK… Morgan Sells, a kindergartner at South Elementary, doles out Kit Kats to Watervliet school board members during Monday’s meeting as part of School Board Recognition Month. The students at South Elementary gave candy to the members to thank them from the bottom of their “Sweethearts.” (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Watervliet school board members receive tokens of appreciation

By Kristy Noack

Members of the Watervliet Board of Education were celebrated Monday during the district’s regular school board meeting as part of the School Board Recognition Month. Students from the middle and elementary schools and staff from the high school were on hand to bestow tokens of appreciation upon the board members.

Gift certificates, cards, and candy were presented. In one of the cuter displays of appreciation, a video of South Elementary students was created in which the kids were asked, “What does the board do?” and “What is the school board?”

Officers elected; Attila-Hyska joins the board

 During the organizational meeting prior to the regular school board gathering, new officers were elected.

Bill Spaulding was appointed to the role of Board of Education President. Spaulding previously held the vice-president position. Andy Bodfish was nominated and elected to the vice-president role. He formerly held the position of secretary.

Matt Clay was appointed to the position of secretary. Clay’s prior role on the board was that of treasurer. Marilyn Barchett was elected treasurer.

Other appointments were made to various committees. Barchett will chair the Negotiations/Personnel Committee and will be joined by Clay and Kate Attila-Hyska. Troy Boone will act as an alternate.

Attila-Hyska replaced outgoing board member Tim Lynch whose last meeting was in December.

The Capital Projects Committee will be chaired by Bodfish. He will be joined by Ted Tees and Boone, with Clay acting as the alternate.

Bill Spaulding will chair the Superintendent Review Committee. Boone and Attila-Hyska will be part of that committee in which Clay will act at alternate.

The Finance Committee will be chaired by Spaulding. Clay and Barchett will assist on the committee with Tees named as alternate.

The Board Policy Review Committee will be made up of members Barchett, Boone, and Bodfish, who will act as chair.  Clay was named as the alternate.

Clay will continue as the ISD representative for the Berrien/Cass School Board Association. Attila-Hyska and Clay will serve as the curriculum representatives. Bodfish will act as the alternate for this committee.

The Watervliet school board meets the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are typically held in the middle/high school library. Due to construction, the meeting place has been alternating between South and North Elementary schools.

The board pays some bills

  Watervliet schools superintendent Kevin Schooley reviewed the General Fund revenue and expenses for the month of December. Schooley advised the district received additional delinquent tax payments. Miscellaneous income showed a bump in revenue for the district. The e-rate program generated a $17,491 rebate to the district. The e-rate program is sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission and works to provide discounts for telecommunications to schools.