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The Frankenmuth School District Board of Education recently reorganized for the year 2017 and beyond.
During the January board meeting, the board said goodbye to retiring members Lori Ettema and Scott Zimmer. Zimmer was the board president and Ettema was the board secretary.
At the November 2016 election, FSD voters elected David Abke and Travis Dafoe to the board. At the beginning of the meeting, the new members were sworn in, followed by the organization of the 2017 board.
Brandon Muller was elected president, with Kevin Maurer selected vice-president, Karen Uebler as secretary and David Harris as treasurer.
Abke and Dafoe joined Dan Wortman, on the board since 2006 and serving in various capacities, as trustees.
The terms for Maurer, Harris, Wortman and Dafoe expire in December 2018 while Muller, Uebler and Abke are on board until December 2020.
Other organization items voted on by the board include the designation of depositories. The board approved PNC Bank, Chemical Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank, Bank of America, Michigan Liquid Asset Fund (MILAF ) and Frankenmuth Credit Union.
The board designated Maurer as the lead negotiator and Muller as the assistant negotiator for contract purposes. Discussion included the proper protocol to address conflicts of interest of board members Uebler, Abke and Dafoe that will arise in the context of contract negotiations.
The board approved Gardner, Provenzano, Schauman & Thomas as the FSD’s auditor.
The Thrun Law Firm and Masud, Patterson and Schutter are the district’s attorneys.
The board designated Abke to fill the open seat, along with Maurer and Muller, as FSD Foundation Board representatives.
The board also voted that regularly-scheduled board meetings will be held at 6pm on the second Monday of each month in High School Room 9.
Prior to the January meeting, the board convened at a work session for the purpose of preparing goals for the 2017 calendar year.
“One of these goals is to expand board communications with the community,” Muller said. 𠇌urrent board policy requires the board ‘maintain effective communications with the school community, the staff, and students’ and to ‘provide adequate and direct means for keeping local citizenry informed about the schools and for keeping itself informed about the wishes of the public.’”
Consistent with the above policy and goal, the board intends to provide periodic updates to the community by using the Frankenmuth News and including a column entitled “Notes from the School Board.”
Prior to the February meeting, Angela Germain and FHS Assistant Principal Phil Martin gave an educational session on school finance. At the February 13 convening the board discussed and approved bids for the replacement of the flooring and bleachers in the high school gym as part of this year’s sinking fund.
The balcony bleachers will be removed; however, plans are in place to add bleachers for about 150 fans on the west end of the gym.
FHS teacher Rob Baker has been the district’s energy savings guru for the past 10 years. Since he began tracking electrical output a decade ago, the district has achieved energy savings of approximately 28.8 percent or $822,933.
The board also toured the classrooms of Jamie Hales and Beth Werner, who have been successfully bringing technology into their classrooms. Hales has introduced a unique integrated laptop environment and Werner has brought creative development of middle school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming.
Muller invites community members to contact the board at any time and they are encouraged to attend board meetings. Board member contact information and schedule of upcoming meetings can be found at the web site www.fmuthschools.com.