Rachel Sutherlin isn’t your typical college student, and because of that, she is especially grateful to participate in Montcalm Community College’s graduation.
The shaking up of the building and grounds department at Central Montcalm Public School has led to the toppling of the lead position. In a 4-minute meeting Monday, the Central Montcalm Board of Education voted 6-0 against renewing the administrative contract of Transportation Director Valerie Conklin.
Erin Roberts was one of many women who attended the first Montcalm County 100+ Women Who Care at Montcalm Community College on Monday. She went thinking how nice it would be for some charity to go home $10,000 richer. She never expected it to be Relief After Violent Encounter (RAVE), the organization she directs.
Years ago, schools emphasized the “the three Rs” — reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic. But at Monday night’s Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education meeting, it was the letter “E” that kept showing up. The board discussed Early College, a European trip and hired a new employee.
The children, usually ranging in ages from 3 to 16, would line up at the local church or community center, with the boys wearing a new suit and shoes and the girls donning a new dress, coat, hat or bonnet. Prospective parents would come a chose a child, often taking one or two home for an evening to test if it would work out, and returning them in the morning if it didn’t. If the children were not chosen, they were put back on the train to proceed to the next stop, and go through the routine again.
The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved a contract for their new superintendent Monday, and then discussed ways to ease the burden of the multiple roles of the district’s leader. The board approved a $115,000 annual salary for Amy Meinhardt, who was recently promoted from interim superintendent to superintendent of the school district.
Amy Meinhardt began as a kindergarten student at Central Montcalm Public School. After college graduation, she was hired by the district to be a first grade teacher. At a special school board meeting Monday night, Meinhardt was hired once again … this time as the new superintendent.
Amy Meinhardt has several titles after her name at Central Montcalm Public School. She is interim superintendent, curriculum director and state and federal programs director. After Monday night’s special school board meeting, she also earned a new moniker: superintendent candidate.
Interim Superintendent Amy Meinhardt opened the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education organizational meeting Wednesday evening so that the board — with its rookie board members — could elect their officers.
When Charles Muncatchy was hired as the new Central Montcalm Public School superintendent five months ago, his plans were to serve the district for three to five years.
Instead, Roxanne Switzer, in her last meeting as board president, read a statement at tonight’s meeting announcing Muncatchy’s resignation effective Dec. 10.