Longtime Paw Paw Board of Education president resigns

By: 
Paul Garrod • news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

   PAW PAW - The Paw Paw Board of Education on Wednesday, Jan. 10, accepted the resignation of longtime board member and president Karen Ayres.
   Ayres, who did not attend the meeting, served 27 years on the board,  submitted her letter of resignation, effective Jan. 10. In it she said, “It has been my pleasure and honor to serve on the Paw Paw School’s Board of Education. I have enjoyed serving over many years along with many fantastic, intelligent, wonderful board members, administrators, and staff from all areas who have become lifelong friends.”
   The letter continued, “Throughout my tenure as a board member, I’ve seen countless employees at every level, putting students first in all decisions, going above and beyond their duties to help a student, family or colleague.”
   Ayres concluded, “My love and pride for this district will never end. As always, my support and admiration for all staff and administration remains.”
   Brent McNitt, who was elected as board president during the board’s annual organizational meeting, said of Ayres’ nearly three decades of service, “I will personally make it a mission to recognize  that.”
   Board member Pat Lynch said of Ayres, “I am deeply saddened by her resignation. We all owe her a great debt of gratitude. Karen did a wonderful, wonderful job.”
   McNitt added, “Karen has left us in good shape.”
   Board members discussed the procedure for filling the board vacancy and determined a notice for the position would be put on the school district’s website on Friday, Jan. 12. The position, by law, must be filled within 30 days. An individual will be appointed to fill out the remaining term, until the  November 2018 election.
   Letters of interest must be received by Feb. 1, addressed to Board President Brent McNitt, Paw Paw Public Schools, 119 Johnson St., Paw Paw, MI, 49079 or submit the letter as an attachment  and send via e-mail to: ambritton@ppps.org. Interviews will be  conducted Feb. 1, at the district’s Central Office, 119 Johnson St.
   In addition to McNitt, other new officers include Amy Craddock, vice president; and Shane Criger, secretary.
   As part of School Board Recognition Month throughout Michigan, Superintendent Sonia Lark thanked the board for their service and presented each member with a certificate of appreciation.
   In addition, the Early Elementary building shared a video they made for the board entitled, “What Does a Board Member Do?”
   Sarah Weston presented the board with cards of appreciation made by her students.
   During public participation, Faith and Laramie Gregg expressed concerns regarding child immunization requirements. The Greggs had addressed their concerns at a previous board meeting.
   Following a student discipline hearing held in closed session, the board took action in open session to permanently expel the student.

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