Mattawan School Board approves technology upgrades, teacher resignations

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

    MATTAWAN - The Mattawan Board of Education, Monday, April 8, approved a bid from Secant Technologies for WAN Fiber, cabling, and network electronic.
    The board also approved the purchase of new instructional devices.
    Several district-wide retirements were approved to include the following:
    Karen Farthing, Early Elementary School dean of teaching & learning; Karen Ivens, EES second grade teacher;  Lynn Yanna, EES  special education teacher; Lorna Holler, Later Elementary School art teacher;  Amy Ludwig, LES special education teacher; Karin Fender, Middle School science teacher; Ward Helakoski, MS guidance counselor; Betty Sundling, MS teacher; Laurie Hogan-McLean, MS eighth grade teacher; and Steve Bradstreet, High School physics, power training and fitness teacher.
    The board ratified a student discipline resolution presented by the district’s  administration, in regards to a student expulsion.
    The administration recommended that pursuant to the high school Student Handbook, controlled substances, the student, whose identity is known to the board, be expelled for possession and distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana and paraphernalia), which caused harm to students’ well-being.
    Following a discussion in closed session, the board voted to expel the student.
    The board tabled the adoption of the Van Buren Intermediate School District’s 2019-2020 General Fund Budget. A vote on the VBISD General Fund Budget must take place no later than June 1.
  

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