Board approves hires, moving playground

MORLEY — Future Head Start students attending class at the Stanwood Learning Center will have a different playground to explore following action by the Morley Stanwood Community Schools Board of Education on Monday evening.

Board members granted permission for the superintendent to authorize relocating the remaining playground equipment from the lower playground to the upper playground area. Moving all the equipment will allow the creation of a natural playground.

Teachers from the Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program presented the concept of a natural playground to board members on Monday.

“A natural playground might have a log for kids to walk on or tires to walk around,” said Superintendent Roger Cole. “There would be a sand box — it’s things where you can really get in and experience it and get your hands dirty. The teachers presented and did a nice job.”

Following removal of the existing equipment to make space for the natural playground, the teachers will apply for grant funding to create the new outdoor experience for their students, Cole said.

The board also heard from guests from the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District, who attended to share what the ISD is doing and hear feedback from the local district.

In other business, the board:

• approved hiring Toni Bialek as a high school paraprofessional and Billie Barnes as a middle school/high school paraprofessional;

• approved hiring Wayne Sutherland as eighth-grade boys basketball coach and Chase Huntey as ninth grade boys basketball coach; and

• went into closed session to begin the process of evaluating the superintendent.

The next board of education meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the high school.

avatar

Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

Leave a Reply