05-16-2019 Coloma school board confirms Resource Officer contract

NEW SCHOOL OFFICER… Representatives from Coloma Schools and Coloma Township finalized the details of an agreement that will provide for a School Resource Officer in the Coloma Community Schools starting next school year. Present at the Coloma Township Board meeting for the presentation were (from the left): Coloma School Board President Heidi Ishmael; Coloma Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski; School Resource Officer Dan Stuglik; and Coloma Superintendent Dave Ehlers. Both boards have approved the agreement. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)

Coloma school board confirms Resource Officer contract

By Annette Christie The Coloma Board of Education confirmed the contract with Coloma Township for a School Resource Officer to be effective in the 2019-2020 school year. Superintendent Dave Ehlers and Coloma Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski provided a presentation on the subject at the Monday, May 13 school board meeting. This duplicates the presentation given last week at the Coloma Township meeting. Coloma Township officials approved the contract at their meeting also. See Page 9 for that story with more details The program will be funded by both parties and will provide a School Resource Officer in all school buildings during the school year. Officer Dan Stuglik will be the new officer and already has lots of plans for the program, plans that will help to build relationships between him and the students. Stuglik has been with the Coloma Township Police Department for 10 years. He has previous experience in schools which he gained in Benton Harbor Public Schools under a grant funded program. While he does have training as a school resource officer he will be attending additional training in current issues such as social media. Principals’ reports High School Principal Mike Churchill reported that they just had a successful prom and post-prom event and both were well attended by administrators, school board, and teaching staff. He reported that 47 kids went on the senior trip to Six Flags Great America this week and the lock-in was successful. He said the feedback was good and it will likely be recommended for next year, maybe a week later so it is a little warmer. Junior High Principal Wendy Tremblay said that they are almost done with their state testing. They recently celebrated Cinco De Mayo day which the kids really enjoyed. They have a ton of upcoming events, year-end field trips, the honor club trip and the annual award ceremony. The Intermediate School students are completely done with their M-step testing. Principal Kara Hafer reported that they also have a lot of field trips coming up which are mostly funded by the PTO which they appreciate. The Wacky Science Show, Field Day Muffins with Moms, and band and choir concerts will be wrapping up the year. Elementary School Principal John Klein said that the Kindergarten roundup is still going well. They will be hosting Breakfast with a Buddy, for students to have with a significant person in their life. Their summer reading program will begin on June 4, a grant funded program that will provide all K-3 students nine books throughout the whole summer. Other business The school board approved an allocation from the Sinking Fund. The recent grant for radio repeaters was a little short and needed additional funds for the whole project. The board approved up to $10,000 for the radio repeaters that will allow first responders to be able to communicate in their building. They also approved re-tiling the athletic locker room hallway. Ehlers told the board that every time they choose a project for the sinking fund it must be approved by them individually.

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