PRAS eliminates assistant principal position, creates Dean of Students
LEROY — Members of the Pine River Area Schools Board of Education voted to eliminate the middle/high school assistant principal position while creating a Dean of Students position at Monday's meeting.
Superintendent Matt Lukshaitis said he believed the trial assistant principal position was not working out, but would not provide further details. Peter Thompson was hired for the spot in July after five years teaching in North Carolina and one year in Lake City.
By eliminating the position and creating a Dean of Students position, the district can save about $100,000, Lukshaitis said. Although no one has been hired for the position yet, the individual will handle attendance and discipline with fourth- through seventh-grade students.
In other business, the board approved a motion to allow teacher Joanna Mulder to have a part-time position per her request. Lukshaitis said it is a good way to keep a staff member while cutting district costs. The action will save the district approximately $38,000, he added.
In his report, Lukshaitis discussed this year's snow day usage. He said because of the number of days off this winter, he expects the district to add four extra days at the end of the year unless the district needs to close again because of additional snow.
In more business, the board:
- Approved contracts through 2017 for high school principal Kim Miller, elementary school principal Jaime Heuker, administrative assistant to superintendent Kathy Kassuba and transportation and operations supervisor Rob Sibary;
- Approved a motion for Cody Wagatha to become the secondary social sciences teacher, recommended by Miller;
- Approved a motion for high school teacher Ron Thompson to become the high school school improvement chair;
- Approved a motion to allow Summit Digital to erect an antenna on the roof of the high school/middle school. In return, the company will provide free cable to the building;
- Approved a bid award to Fekete Home Solutions out of Cadillac for lawn services, at $650 per grass cutting;
- Approved language changes to the high school and middle school curriculum guide; and
- Honored and thanked member Tom Shook, who became a certified master board member and recognized by the Michigan Association of School Boards.
The next Pine River Area Schools Board of Education meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 20.