Coleman Choir Program Broadcast On FacebookIssue Date: December 22, 2020
At its final meeting of 2020, held on Monday, Dec. 14, Coleman School Board heard reports on holiday celebrations that will look different this year due to COVID-19 limitations, discussed plans for Winter Break starting Wednesday, Dec. 23. Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 4.
The board accepted resignations of Ashley Broderick as Varsity Volleyball Coach and Chris Gould as Assistant Middle School Wrestling Coach, and then approved hiring Gould as head Middle School Wrestling Coach and Jarod Markiewicz as assistant Middle School Wrestling Coach.
Board members present for the meeting were Joanne Nowak, Jeremy Hoida, Scott Herzog, Barb Klug, Corey Kuchta (virtual attendance), Barb VanDrisse and Board President Ryan Wendt.
Elementary/Middle School Principal Yvette Marshall reported that the Coleman Music Teachers were preparing for their Holiday Program, which would look different this year due COVID-19 safety precautions. The Elementary classes have been individually recorded as well as the Middle and High School Choir to showcase students' talents in a video which was to be shown on Facebook and the district website prior to Winter Break. Marshall expressed thanks to music instructors Kathy Bader and Robert Doersam as well as all the teachers for their hard work in preparations to make this program happen.
Marshall wished all students " a safe, fun and restful vacation" during their "winter break," and expressed congratulations to Middle School Students of the Month Will Harley and Ava Mitchell.
She said with the help of CHS Student Council, Coleman School District was doing a virtual "Giving Tree" this year through SignUpGenius. Anyone interested in donating a gift can sign-up through a link provided on the district Facebook page, or anyone with questions can contact Amy Wagner.
Marshall expressed thanks to students and families who donated their pennies to the Blue River Community Library Fire Collection, and said they had donated $226.45 to help rebuild that library and bring books back to their community!
High School Principal/Superintendent Doug Polomis reported that students had participated virtually in State One Act Play competition and received feedback and watched other sessions on Friday, Dec. 11.
Ms. Cindi Wautier and FFA members had recently donated 55 hams along with other food items to the Pound Food Pantry that were delivered on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
The American Red Cross will hold another blood drive at school on January 8.
Polomis said Technology Administrator Dan Perry is working with a new software system called Classlink Educational Success to put all of our students and staff login on one home page and make accessing programs more user friendly.
Polomis and High School Counselor Lindsay Allen had met with members of the Education and Workforce Development group through a virtual meeting to discuss how to prepare students for jobs and opportunities in our local community.
Area superintendents had held their monthly PAC meeting the previous Friday, and Polomis said the challenges of finding subs and dealing with COVID-related issues remained the main topics of conversation.
Music Director Kathy Bader and the kitchen staff were organized a Senior Citizen's Meal (carry out only) for December 16, and Mrs. Bader was planning to do a virtual Holiday Concert for our community.
Polomis said final billings for this year's work on the referendum project should be done by the end of this month following meetings with Miron and Brey.
Hoida, reporting for the Building and Grounds Committee, informed the board that there are several projects that would be going out for bids for work to be done during the summer of 2021. Some of the items they would seek bids for are: asphalt sealing of all district parking lots, painting and flooring for the High School Library and B wing, replacing all old doors district wide, wiring the football scoreboard, and adding a bathroom in the elementary school for special education.
Hoida said once bids are received the projects would go back to the committee and then the full board to prioritize and/or approve what projects would be done. Also, they will be seeking bids for a concession/restroom facility at the baseball/softball field C.
Polomis presented a calendar for the 2021-2022 school year, which he described as very similar to the 2020-2021 school year calendar. A spring break the third week of March has been incorporated. There are nine additional days for professional staff inservice. Start date is Wednesday, Sept. 1 and the last day is Friday, June 3. There are extra hours of instruction built in for all grade levels in case school is cancelled for any reason. The board approved the calendar as presented.
Showing some optimism, the board approved the traditional Camp Bird Trip for September 14 through 17 of 2021.
They also approved an Athletic Training Services Agreement between Bellin and Coleman School District. Polomis said they have been working with Bellin for numerous years and things are going very well, and commented that having a sports trainer on site is very beneficial for students and their parents. The 3-year agreement approved by the board will start on July 1, 2021. Polomis noted there is no financial obligation by either party with this agreement.
In accord with a Governmental Accounting Standards Board mandate, Polomis and Finance Director Lori Beland had reviewed current activity funds. After reviewing, some inactive accounts were closed and now the remaining accounts need to be moved to Fund 21, Polomis said, and asked the board to approve creation of Fund 21, which they did.
With no further questions or revisions for policies 6114 and 6325, which apply to EDGAR and federal grants, the board gave unanimous approval.
The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, with Open Enrollment parameters to be among items on the agenda.
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