STANTON — The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Wednesday approved an agreement for an early college program and accepted five retirement letters, including longtime administrator and current elementary school principal John Kearney.
The board, after some discussion on the number of students to be allowed to try the early college program in its premiere year, voted 7-0 to approve an agreement with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School System in connection with the program at Montcalm Community College.
“Central Montcalm would be allotted seven slots, but realizing some of you board members were hesitant about the cost I would recommend we limit it to four students this first year,” Superintendent Kristi Teall said.
“I think we could start with four and then evaluate and get some feedback and then the next year we can go to seven if we want,” suggested Board President Roxanne Switzer.
“I don’t think we will have four apply, let alone seven,” said board member Mike Barnwell.
Teall explained funding would come from the ombudsman program, where the number of those participating would be cut from nine to five, an even exchange of funds.
The board agreed to the recommendation of the superintendent and will draw in a lottery style the four volunteers who will begin the program this fall.
The board also accepted five retirement letters, including Kearney’s, who currently serves as principal of the Central Montcalm Elementary building, the district event coordinator and oversees the Adult Education programs.
“John’s retirement has created an opening means we will have to do some re-organizing of job descriptions,” said Teal.
Working with Tom Torik, who covers athletic director responsibilities, Kearney serves as events coordinator.
“This position will not exist as it currently does,” said Teall. “We will hire a full-time principal for CME, but have several scenarios on how we can divide up what he does.”