MAS board reorganizes, praises superintendent
MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Area Schools Board of Education reorganized Monday as part of the annual January meeting. In the regular board meeting to follow, the board offered a glowing evaluation of Superintendent Kathy McDonough.
During the organizational meeting, the board voted to once again elect Gail Wood as president. Giannine Perigo was elected to serve a second term as vice president. For the position of secretary, Amy Kraatz was elected to take the place of Ginger Stark. Tim Zellner will continue his role as treasurer.
The board also designated members to serve on the various committees.
As part of the regular meeting, the board also approved the renewal of McDonough’s contract with the district.
“The board held its closed session with myself in December, to do my annual review,” she said. “I thank the board for their compliments and their complimentary statements at my evaluation.”
Based on her evaluation and effectiveness rating, the board unanimously approved a salary of $90,000 per year, along with an option for an increase or stipend pending district contract negotiations. McDonough’s contract will extend through June 30, 2014.
“I thank the board for your continued trust and all your assistance in helping the district as smoothly as we do,” she said.
Issues raised by members of the public came to light during both the communications and public comment period during the meeting. The lack of and need for a school band was discussed during the public comment portion, while a standard extracurricular participation fee was brought up via a letter from a resident.
In the letter, the resident stated her daughter recently paid $30 to participate in quiz bowl, and is now being asked to pay another $30 to participate in drama.
“I do not feel that both events should be charged a $30 fee,” she wrote. “Typically, extracurricular activities that are of academic nature are free of charge. It is my opinion that students that are interested in participating in these nonseason activities should not have to pay to participate.”
The woman noted she had spoken with high school Principal John Shiner, and he agreed the fee was excessive. The board took no action on the issue.
In other business, the board also unanimously approved the hiring of Jessica Nord as the varsity softball coach for the 2012-13 school year.