STANTON — New Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Chuck Muncatchy sat in on his first school board meeting Wednesday night and watched as the board approved hiring a new high school principal, six new teachers and an athletic trainer to help the district be ready for the influx of students at the start of the new school year.
The board agreed, in a 5-0 vote, to hire Charles “Marty” James as the new high school principal.
“Marty brings a lot of enthusiasm and communication skills to our team,” said Muncatchy, who was on his eighth day on the job. “I am happy to make this recommendation to the board.”
Athletic Director John Kearney introduced to the board the district’s new athletic trainer, Katelyn Saunders, hired through a partnership with Spectrum Health.
Susan Koster, principal of the Upper Elementary, introduced to the board Beth Clingenpeel, who will be teaching fifth grade and Jennifer Dankert, a new second grade teacher.
James introduced new high school teacher Chelsea Stech, a special education and English/language arts teacher.
New Central Montcalm Elementary School Principal Roberta Wittkopp introduced Kasie Adams, a new first grade teacher; Nicole Long, also a first grade teacher, and Kathleen Stein, a part-time music teacher.
The five board members also agreed to enter into a contract with Coca-Cola, switching from previously selling Pepsi products. Muncatchy explained that contracts come up about every five years, and the contract with Pepsi was up. After making inquiries, he learned that not only would there be more financial benefits to the district through incentives offered by Coke, but also that customer service was lacking in Pepsi vendors.
“Does that mean we will also sell Coke products in the concession stands?” asked Treasurer Mike Barnwell.
Vice President Todd Giles agreed that Mountain Dew (a Pepsi product) was the top seller in those venues.
Kearney explained that the Sports Boosters would receive one free case of water for every seven cases of Coca-Cola beverages sold, and agreed the Pepsi vendors were difficult to work with.
“We will definitely see some different kinds of beverages in the vending machines, “ said Amy Meinhardt, who served as interim superintendent prior to Muncatchy’s hiring. “They are up on all the laws and will have the correct diet sodas, sports drinks and milks.”
The board also agreed to have a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in connection with a tentative agreement with the MESPA, and another special meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 in connection with goal setting for the district.