Voters to decide on bond millage extension in November

EVART — Following Howard Hyde's retirement this December, the Evart Public Schools Board of Education will hire an interim superintendent until the new fiscal year begins in July 2016.

The board approved a motion to hire an interim superintendent for the position at its meeting on Aug. 10. Members also agreed to allow the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District Superintendent Curt Finch to help with the process of hiring a full-time superintendent to begin serving on July 1, 2016. The service provided by the MOISD is free of charge to EPS.

In more business, the board approved a bond millage proposal to be placed on the ballot for this year's Nov. 3 election. The bond is an extension of the previous bond, and will ask district residents to vote in favor on 2.44 mils for 25 years. If approved, the bond would provide about $8.4 million to assist the elementary, middle and high school buildings with needed upgrades, including electrical, heating and HVAC upgrades, roof repair and blacktop repair.

The board also approved a motion to hire a number of coaches for fall sports.

Marty Pattee will coach sideline cheer, Kevin Mills will serve as coach for cross country; Ken Ranjel, Jason O'Dell, Keith Warddell and Carl Imhoff will be the assistant coaches for football; Katie Nostrant will serve as coach for varsity volleyball; Taylor McKay will coach junior varsity volleyball; Valerie Hopkins will coach eighth grade volleyball; and Cheryl Speet will coach seventh grade volleyball.

In other business, the board:

  • approved curriculum changes in math, science and social studies at the elementary school;
  • approved a 10-cent increase in lunch prices; and
  • approved the resignation of Stacia Keathley as secretary to the superintendent.