Central Montcalm school board considering digitalized sign

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 9:58 am on Thursday, April 17, 2014

— In May 2010, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education voted unanimously to purchase a digitalized sign to replace a vinyl letter sign currently in use.

Now, nearly four years later, the board is acting on that proposal and accepting bids for a new, updated version of the attention-grabbing sign.

“It was one of those things that the board wanted to do, but for one reason or another, it was never actually completed,” said Superintendent Kristi Teall. “This fall, I was asked to once again look into it and found the original bid was outdated, and per the board’s request, began to take bids for replacing it.”

Teall told the five board members in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting that she has received four quotes. Of those four, two have placed bids of $3,342 and $2,602 and two others are waiting.

The digitalized sign could be updated at the office, Teall said.

While the board is in favor of carrying out a previous board’s agreement, the financial aspect is holding them back.

“I don’t think we can make it happen until we are through the budgeting process in May or June,” said President Roxanne Switzer.

The budget, due June 30, will hinge on several outcomes, such as the passing or defeat of a countywide special education millage on May 6.

In other business, the school board:

• Accepted a disability leave requested by Jane Basom.

• Accepted the resignation of teacher Nancy Jenks, paraprofessional Amy Clementz and secretary Tarry Everingham.

• Accepted a request for unpaid sick days from Sue Kearney.

• Accepted a request for a disability leave from April 14-June 30 for Rhonda Buchholz.

• Accepted the resignation of Kevin Everingham for the position of girls’ varsity basketball coach.

• Accepted the resignation of Stacy Veltkamp and Tracey Parent in their positions as paraprofessionals.

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