Nurse, athletic trainer introduced to RCAPS board members

REED CITY — Members of the Reed City Area Public Schools Board of Education were formally introduced to the district’s nurse and athletic trainer during Monday’s regular monthly meeting.

Superintendent Tim Webster introduced nurse Mary Underhill. Under an agreement with Spectrum Health and Big Rapids Public Schools, the two school districts will each pay a quarter of the cost for having Underhill available when she is in the district.

“It’s a nice program,” Webster said. “If she’s not in a specific building where a child is sick, the secretaries are able to have a student in front of a monitor and Mary can help them figure out what is wrong.”

Webster also introduced athletic trainer Eric Neuenfeldt. Starting in the fall, Neuenfeldt has spent 20 hours a week in the district to help where the athletic department can utilize knowledge, Webster said.

“We are real thankful to have Eric on board,” the superintendent said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, board members met new staff members Tina Meier and Marie Brinker. Meier is a special education teacher, who spent 16 years at BRPS. Brinker joins other new hire Jennifer Lindsey as paraprofessionals at G.T. Norman Elementary School.

Another highlight from the board meeting was recognition of volunteer T.J. Updike, for volunteering his time as a chaperon and driver for a learning opportunities for Reed City Middle School students away from the classroom at Eagle Village and other places in the area, said RCMS Principal Dean McGuire.

“We’re blessed to have someone like T.J.,” he said. “He does not get paid and volunteers his time. To volunteer his pay is really a great thing for us and our students.”

Board members unanimously approved two RCHS overnight trips during Monday’s meeting, one to Chicago and the other to North Manitou Island.

The next RCAPS Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, in the Porteous Academic Center.