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August 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting

Description:  Board of Education:
___ President Singer                           ___ Member Baker
___ Vice President Brandstadt            ___ Member Blasy
___ Secretary McFarland                    ___ Member Fredell
___ Treasurer Frazee
Central Staff:
Superintendent Sharrow
Associate Superintendents Brutyn, Cooper, Greif, Miller-Nelson
2.1. Approval of the Minutes from the July 16, 2018 Regular Meeting.
2.2. The following persons are recommended for employment for the 2018-19 school year:
Description:  <> Melanie Berger, 1.0 Special Education Teacher
<> Lauren Birnbaum, 1.0 Special Education Teacher
<> Shelby Burr, 1.0 English Teacher
<> Adam Colvin, 1.0 Science Teacher
<> Lindsay Cousineau, 1.0 Elementary Teacher
<> Michael Fair, 1.0 Elementary Teacher
<> Adam Gardner-Northrop, 1.0 Music Teacher
<> Leah Hoyt, 1.0 Social Worker
<> Shalynn Jones, 1.0 Elementary Teacher
<> Samantha Nelson, .5 English Teacher
<> Megan Thomas, 1.0 Behavior Specialist
<> Rachel Welch, 1.0 Special Education Teacher
<> Jordan Yost, 1.0 Social Studies Teacher
2.3. The following staff members have announced their resignation effective as of these dates:
Description:  <> Linda Marie Chesser, Paraprofessional, August 2, 2018
<> Emily Duso, Art Teacher, Plymouth, June 15, 2018
<> Jamie Hauser, Occupational Therapist, Special Services, June 15, 2018
<> Hollie Hulst, Teacher, Central Park Elementary, June 15, 2018
<> Katie McClure, Teacher, Chestnut Hill Elementary, June 15, 2018
2.4. Teacher Attaining Tenure Status
Description:  Connie Beason-Steger has successfully completed her probationary period and is recommended for legal tenure status effective at the start of the 2018-19 school year.
2.5. The following books were presented for the 28-day period of examination on June 25, 2018. Administration recommends approval of these books. If approved, these purchases are contingent on the available funding as approved in the 2018-19 budget.
Description:  These books will be used for Spanish 1 and Spanish 2:
<> Title: El Nuevo Houdini; Author: Carol Gaab; Publisher: TPRS Publishing, Inc.; Copyright: 2011
<> Title: Esperanza; Author: Carol Gaab; Publisher: TPRS Publishing Inc.; Copyright: 2011
<> Title: La Llorona de Mazatlán; Author: Katie A. Baker; Publisher: TPRS Publishing, Inc.; Copyright: 2014
<> Title: Robo en la noche; Author: Kristy Placido; Publisher: TPRS Publishing, Inc.; Copyright: 2009
This book will be used for French 1 and French 2:
<> Title: A La Conquete De Quebec; Author: Brandon Brown; Publisher: TPRS Publishing, Inc.; Copyright: 2014
2.6. Approval of the payment of the school system's bills for the month of June 2018, as listed in the check registers, prepared by Ms. Holderby, in the total amount of $10,113,225 is recommended. The distribution of obligations by fund is included in the documentation.
2.7. Legal Invoices for Payment
Description:  Approval is requested to authorize the following legal payment: 
<> Thrun Law Firm, PC, $8,956.79, July 26, 2018, Professional Legal Fees
3.1. For Information:  WE Ecuador trip presentation
Description:  Presenters:  Lisa Bonotto, H. H. Dow High Teacher; Angela McMath, Midland High Teacher; MPS students
3.2. For Information: The ROCK Impact at MPS
Description:  Presenters: Bev Wenzel, Executive Director of The ROCK Center for Youth Development; Kathy Snyder, H. H. Dow High Teacher
3.3. For Action: Support of ballot language for School Resource Officers for all Midland County public school districts for November 6, 2018 Election (Sharrow)
3.4. Furniture Purchase for Chestnut Hill and Siebert Elementary School Makerspaces
Description:        With the projected opening of the new makerspaces at Chestnut Hill and Siebert Elementary School scheduled for an October window, makerspace furniture needs to be purchased to allow for the proper lead time. Design work and purchasing procedures developed from prior projects including purchasing through national contracts, which ensures that the owner will get the specific products selected at the price negotiated through the national agencies' competitively leveraged solicited contracts were used.  
      Administration recommends issuing a purchase order in the amount of $32,927.00 for each building, for a grand total of $65,914.00 to Great Lakes Furniture Supply, Inc. of Holland, MI.
3.5. For Action: NEOLA 2018 Policy Revisions (Sharrow)
Description:  Due to changes in Federal and State law, government regulations and school practices, revisions to the following Board policies are requested:  0143, 1421, 3121, 4121, 4162, 5111, 7540.02, 8321
3.6. For Action:  Student Reinstatements for the 2018-19 School Year (Greif)
Six separate Student Reinstatement Hearings were held on August 9 and 15. Present were a Board sub-committee of two Board members, Superintendent Sharrow, Associate Superintendents Greif and Brutyn, school administrators and parents/representatives of Students A, B, C, D, E, and F who applied for reinstatement to Midland Public Schools for the 2018-19 school year. It is the recommendation of the Board sub-committee that Students A, B, C, D, E, and F be reinstated either unconditionally or conditionally as follows. This action requires a roll-call vote of the Board.
Description:  <> Student A to be unconditionally reinstated.
<> Student B to be unconditionally reinstated.
<> Student C to be conditionally reinstated.
<> Student D to be unconditionally reinstated.
<> Student E to be conditionally reinstated.
<> Student F to be conditionally reinstated.
Description:  No hearings have been requested
Description:  Study Committee Chair:  Mr. Blasy; Staff Resource Person: Mr. Sharrow 
5.1. Administrative Services Study Committee Minutes August 9, 2018 (Mr. Blasy, Chair)
Study Committee Chair:  Ms. Fredell; Staff Resource Person: Ms. Miller-Nelson
6.1. Textbooks Information:
Description:  The following books are being presented for the 28-day period of examination.  These books are available for review at the office of Curriculum and Instruction.
These books will be used for IB Spanish:
<> Title: Antes de ser libres; Author: Julia Alvarez; Publisher: Dell Laurel-Leaf; Copyright: 2002
<> Title: Cronica de una Muerta Anunciada; Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Publisher: Vintage Espanol, division of Random House; Copyright: 1981
Description:  Study Committee Chair: Mr. Frazee; Staff Resource Person:  Mr. Cooper
7.1. Finance, Facilities & Operations Study Committee Minutes August 6, 2018 (Mr. Frazee, Chair)
7.2. For Information: Gifts totaling $3,675.00
Description:  <> $2,000.00 for Midland High All in Fore Chemic Scholarship and music supplies from Midland Area Community Foundation
<> $   400.00 for Dow High girls' swim from Mr. and Mrs. David Stafford
<> $   500.00 for Dow High girls' swim from Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson
<> $   775.00 for Dow High's swim team from Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Newman
8.1. For Information: Letters from the Board of Education to:
Description:  <> Whitetails Unlimited Inc. <> Turtle Cove Properties LLC <> Jefferson Parent Advisory Committee <> Mr. and Mrs. John Tarrant <> Xalt Energy Mi, LLC <> Midland Area Community Foundation
8.2. For Information:  Letters to the Board of Education--FOIA Requests from:
Description:  <> Chris Lanphear,, printers and multifunction devices information
<> Robert Taylor/Kurt Yockey, information regarding Mr. Taylor's MPS service as substitute teacher
<> Aaron Lehman, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, current merit pay policy information
Description:  The following is a listing of scheduled meetings or activities of the Board of Education for 2018. 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:
<> September 17, 2018 <> October 15, 2018 <> November 19, 2018 <> December 17, 2018
The following dates are tentative until approved at the January 21, 2019 Organizational Mtg.
<> January 21, 2019 <> February 18, 2019 <> March 18, 2019 <> April 15, 2019 <> May 20, 2019 <> June 10, 2019 <> June 24, 2019
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.
10.1. Hearing from Board Members
10.2. Announcements from Superintendent Sharrow
Description:  For the purpose of discussing a legal opinion regarding a conflict of interest.
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