Board members, faculty shown appreciation during meeting

REED CITY — Students were invited to give short presentations during the Reed City Area Public School Board of Education meeting on Monday to teach board members what the youngsters are using technology daily in the classrooms.

As part of the educational highlights of the board’s monthly meeting, RCAPS elementary and middle school students broke into small groups with each of the board members and gave instructions on how laptops, or Chromebooks, are being used to help with assignments. The presentations were a portion of the recognition planned for board members as January is School Board Appreciation Month.

Superintendent Myra Munroe also took a moment to recognize the efforts of the transportation department for its assistance in the 25-car accident on U.S. 131 on Dec. 13. The transportation department brought individuals involved in the accident to a warm shelter while emergency crews cleared the scene.

In other matters involving buses, board members discussed their aging fleet. Jesse Kailing, who was nominated board president for 2018, noted the board is looking at the pros and cons of leasing buses. No action was taken during the meeting.

Board members also nominated Kim Johnson as board vice president, Tricia Wirth as secretary and Kristine Fuller as treasurer.

In other business, board members acknowledged the retirement of Todd Dew, high school special education teacher.

“He will be missed,” Kailing said.