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April 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM - Regular Board Meeting

I.A. Call to Order & Roll Call
I.B. Approval of Agenda
I.C. Audience Participation
II.A. Consent Agenda
II.A.1) 3/18/2020 Regular Meeting Minutes and 3/24/2020 Special Meeting Minutes
II.A.2) Personnel Report
II.A.3) Board Bills and Disbursement Report
II.B. New Board Bylaw - Modification or Suspension of Board Bylaws During a State of Emergency: The Superintendent is requesting Board approval for a new Bylaw #0176 - Modification or Suspension of Board Bylaws During a State of Emergency. This bylaw allows the Board President to modify or suspend procedural requirements to comply with requirements contained in a declaration of a state of emergency. This includes conducting board meetings in a remote format and allowing for immediate enactment of board policies to comply with federal or state Executive Orders in a state of emergency.
II.C. New Telework Board Policy: The Superintendent is requesting Board approval of a new Board Policy #8303 - Telework. This board policy allows for implementation of a temporary Telework program to allow identified employees with prior administrative approval, to perform job duties and responsibilities from home. This new policy is necessary to comply with the requirements of the recent Governor Executive Order 2020-35 issued on April 2, 2020. This order requires a district to implement a Continuity of Learning Plan for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, due to suspension of in-person K-12 instruction. Upon approval, the Superintendent will develop administrative guidelines to ensure effective implementation of the Telework program to provide continuity of learning and services.
II.D. Board Approval Waiver: Executive Order 2020-35 requires the suspension of in-person K-12 instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The District is evaluating technology needs in order to carry-out alternate methods of instruction and services for students. Technology will be purchased through cooperative bidding sources in order to eliminate the bidding requirement for the District. Board approval is normally required for any single purchase over the State's competitive bidding threshold of $24,924. Due to the time sensitive nature of these purchases, related to Executive Order 2020-35 it is requested that the Board approval requirement per Policy 6320 be waived for technology purchases needed to perform alternate instruction and services for students for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, as per Executive Order 2020-35.
III.A. 2020-21 Proposed Budgets: Based on statutory requirements, Eaton RESA must provide its proposed general education and vocational education budgets to local district Boards of Education for review and resolution either to approve or disapprove each of these RESA budgets. Tina Monroe, Executive Director of Finance/Operations, and Cindy Anderson, Superintendent, will provide the Board with information on the proposed 2020-21 budgets for general education, vocational education, and special education that will be shared with local districts to act on Board resolutions by June 1, 2020.
III.B. 2019-20 Annual Review of Probationary Teachers: Based on Board policy and MCL 38.83 and 380.1249, the Superintendent is providing the Board with a written summary and review of the status of each probationary teacher currently employed by the District. Given the performance of the probationary teachers listed during 2019-20, the following teachers will continue in probationary status for 2020-21: Betsy Smith, Allison Wonch, Jennifer Richardson, Tiffany Allwardt, and Samantha Jean. Three teachers, Debbie Arecheja, Mikel Kellogg, and Katy Swift, have successfully completed their probationary period and gained tenure status during 2019-2020.
III.C. COVID-19 Updates: Cindy Anderson, Superintendent, and cabinet members will provide the Board with an update on District operations and development of continuity of learning plans to address the recent Executive Order 2020-35 that suspended in-person instruction and school district operations through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year on April 12, 2020.
V.A. Upcoming Events:
V.A.1) Regular Board Meeting, May 20, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., Eaton RESA.
V.A.2) Employee Appreciation Event, May 27, 2020 - Cancelled and event will be rescheduled in the Fall 2020.
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