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July 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting

Description:  Board of Education:
____ President Brandstadt
____ Vice President Singer
____ Secretary McFarland
____ Treasurer Wasserman
____ Member Baker
____ Member Frazee
____ Member Gorton

Central Staff:
Mr. Sharrow, Superintendent
Mr. Cooper, Associate Superintendent: Finance/Facilities/Operations
Mr. Brutyn, Associate Superintendent: Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment
2.1. Approval of the Meeting Minutes from the June 27, 2016 Regular Meeting.
2.2. The following staff members have announced their resignation effective as of the dates indicated:
Description:  <> Chelsea M. Charron, Special Education Teacher, Midland High, June 17, 2016
<> Lisa Jankowski, Office Professional, Curriculum Department, July 21, 2016
<> Dawn M. Letts, Paraprofessional, Midland High, June 16, 2016
<> Keith Schulte, Teacher, H. H. Dow High, June 17, 2016
2.3. Bids have been accepted and a tabulation is provided for the purchase of two new 65-passenger wheel chair lift buses. These buses will replace Bus #6 (a 2002 International 23 passenger wheel chair lift bus with 227,060 miles) and Bus #21 (a 2005 Thomas 24-passenger wheel chair lift bus with 222,008 miles). Administration recommends issuing a purchase order to the low bidder, Capital City Bus Sales of Lansing, Michigan, in the amount of $180,882.
2.4. The following persons are recommended for employment for the 2016-17 school year:
Description:  <> Lindy Coon, 1.0 Elementary Teacher
<> Daniel Farison, 1.0 Music Teacher
<> Megan Farison, 1.0 Music Teacher
<> Carla Knopp, 1.0 Elementary Spanish Teacher
<> David Kobel, 1.0 Science Teacher
<> Amanda Ladach, 1.0 Elementary Teacher
<> Anna Mamassian, 1.0 Music Teacher
<> Joshua Tousignant, 1.0 Elementary Teacher
<> Ryan Wontorcik, 1.0 Social Studies Teacher
2.5. Adoption of Midland School Code Articles 105/105C (Schools of Choice)
Description:       The administration requests approval from the Board of Education to continue accepting Nonresident Schools of Choice students. This applies to nonresident students from other districts within the Midland County Educational Service Agency (Meridian, Bullock Creek and Coleman) and to nonresident students from contiguous intermediate districts (Bay-Arenac, Clare-Gladwin, Gratiot-Isabella, and Saginaw).
     There will be two application periods each year: from February to September for students who wish to enroll for the new school year, and during January for second semester enrollment. Information will be made available to parents at the end of the first semester and the beginning of the second semester for the fall enrollment process.
     As specified by law, in situations in which a special education student from a contiguous intermediate district wishes to enroll, it is required that there be a written agreement between the district of residence and the Midland Public Schools to specify the responsibility for paying the special education costs for the student.
     Nonresident students who enroll in the Midland Public Schools through this process can maintain their attendance until they graduate and they pay no tuition. Nonresident students who enroll at different times of the school year will be required to pay tuition.
2.6. The following books were presented for the 28-day period of examination on June 13, 2016.  Administration recommends approval of these books. If approved, these purchases are contingent on the available funding as approved in the 2016-17 budget.
Description:  This book will be used for IB AP Advanced Biology:
<> Oxford IB Diploma Programme Biology Course Companion
      Authors: Allott, Mindorff; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Copyright: 2014  
These books will be used for English 9 and 9A:
<> The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 
      Author: Sherman Alexie; Publisher: Little Brown Publisher; Copyright: 2009
<> The Book Thief               
      Author: Markus Zusak; Publisher: Knopf Publishing; Copyright: 2007
<> I Am Malala               
      Author: Malala Yousafzai; Publisher: Back Bay Books; Copyright: 2015  
These books will be used for IB 20th Century World Topics:
<> Access to History:  Rights & Protest
      Author: Michael Scott-Baumann; Publisher: Hodder Publishing; Copyright: 2015
<> Access to History:  Causes & Effects of 20th Century Wars               
      Author: Sarah Webb; Publisher: Hodder Publishing; Copyright: 2015
2.7. District/Building School Improvement Plans
Description:       In compliance with Public Act 335, the District School Improvement Committee reviewed and gave feedback on each of the Building School Improvement Plans and the District Improvement Plan.  These plans describe the strategies that each building will implement to move toward 100% student proficiency.
     The law requires the Board to approve for submission the District Plan and each of the Building Plans.  The administration recommends approval of these plans for submission.
2.8. Relocation of Parkdale Playground Equipment
Description:  Bids have been accepted for relocation of play equipment located at Parkdale Elementary School to Plymouth Elementary School. Administration recommends issuing a purchase order to the low and only bidder, Great Lakes Recreation, LLC, of Zeeland, Michigan, for the amount of $15,700. The move is 1760 square feet and breaks down to a cost of $6.12 per square foot in comparison to the last play equipment move from Mills to Siebert, which was 1620 square feet at $6.28 per square foot.  Funding for this project is included in the Capital Improvements budget.
2.9. Legal Invoices for Payment
Description:  Approval is requested to authorize the following legal payments: 
<> Lusk Albertson, $318.50, July 6, 2016, Professional Legal Fees
3.1. Central Park Elementary Outdoor Learning Spaces Campaign by Sharon Mortensen, President and CEO of Midland Area Community Foundation
3.2. 2016 Scholarships Presented to MPS Students (Sharrow)
Description:  2016 Midland Public Schools' graduates were offered more than $16.5 million in scholarships.  A listing of some local scholarship recipients is included in your Board packet. The list will be posted on the district website.
4. REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD: No hearings have been requested.
Description:  Study Committee Chair: Gerald Wasserman; Staff Resource Person:  Mr. Cooper
5.1. For Information: Gifts totaling $8,139.50
Description:  <>  $2,139.50 for student aid for the MHS athletic program from the Mary E. McIntyre Memorial Athletic Fund at the Midland Area Community Foundation
From the CommunityGives Youth Services Program at the Midland Area Community Foundation
<>  $1,000.00 for MHS students to attend the BPA National Leadership Conference
<>  $1,000.00 for baseball equipment for the MHS Varsity Team
<>  $1,000.00 for baseball equipment for the MHS Junior Varsity Team
<>  $1,000.00 for baseball equipment for the MHS Freshmen Team
<>  $1,000.00 for softball equipment for the MHS Varsity Team
<>  $1,000.00 for equipment for DHS Swim Team
Description:  Study Committee Chair: Scott McFarland; Staff Resource Person: Mr. Sharrow
6.1. The Board and Staff extend their sincere sympathies to the family of Mr. Richard (Dick) Matteson who passed away on July 7, 2016. Mr. Matteson was hired in 1958 as the Principal of Ashman School. He opened two new elementary buildings during his time at MPS--Chestnut Hill and Siebert Schools. Mr. Matteson served as the Chestnut Hill Principal from 1963 to 1988 when he retired. He received "career" recognition in 1963 and was a respected MPS administrator for 30 years.
6.2. The following staff members have announced their retirement:
Description:  <> Mr. Joseph Ostyn, Building Manager, Carpenter Street School, October 1, 2016
<> Mr. Dean Pfruender, Electrician in the Trades Department, August 31, 2016
7.1. For Information: Letter from the Board of Education to:
Description:  <> Midland Area Chamber Foundation
<> Midland Area Community Foundation
<> H. H. Dow High All Sports Boosters
<> Jefferson Music Parent Association
7.2. For Information: Letter from the Board of Education from:
Description:  FOIA request from Mackinac Center for Public Policy requesting the current superintendent contract.
FOIA request from SmartProcure for electronic purchasing records.
FOIA request from Ms. Lamas regarding safety issues regarding the preparation of science kits.
Description:  The following is a listing of scheduled meetings or activities of the Board of Education. All meetings are Regular and Special Meetings of the Board of Education and begin at 7:00 p.m. at the MPS Administration Center (600 East Carpenter, Midland) unless otherwise noted:
<> August 15, 2016
<> September 19, 2016
<> October 17, 2016
<> November 21, 2016
<> December 19, 2016
(The following Meeting dates are tentative until they are adopted at the January Org. Meeting)
<> January 16, 2017    (Organizational Meeting)
<> February 20, 2017
<> March 20, 2017
<> April 17, 2017         (Budget Workshop 6:30; Regular Meeting 7:00*)
<> May 15, 2017
<> June 12, 2017
<> June 26, 2017
                                     (*or immediately following Budget Workshop)
Description:  This portion of the agenda is utilized by the Board to introduce topics for future study, to discuss school district related matters, to complete professional association business and to relate items of interest. No action is taken during this time. Occasionally closed sessions are scheduled to discuss confidential personnel, negotiations or property matters.
9.1. Hearing from Board Members
9.2. Announcements from Superintendent Sharrow
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