CASMAN Academy honors board of education

CASMAN Academy Board of Education members were honored this week for School Board Recognition.

CASMAN Academy Board of Education members were honored this week for School Board Recognition.

MANISTEE — Serving on a board of education can at times be a difficult task.

None of the board of education members in Manistee County receive compensation for their service, so that is the reason  every January school districts honor them during School Board Recognition Month. CASMAN Academy did that this week during a regular board meeting presenting certificates to board members Donn Lemmer, Sarah Solowiej, Layne Godzina, Steve Parsons, Sherri Oppenhuizen and Deb Nichols.

“We appreciate what they do for our school,” said CASMAN director Shelly VanVoorst.

Board members were also given an update on some of the activities that have taken place at CASMAN over the course of the past month. One of the highlights was the introduction of a new employee.

“We have hired April Schmidt-Stoykovich to replace Benjamin Beaumont in the special education area,” she said. “April has a learning disabilities endorsement and wanted to work in the special education area for some time. She is excited to join our team and is fitting in very nicely.”

VanVoorst said that Schmidt-Stoykovich received her Individualized Education Program (IEP) training at the Manistee Intermediate School District and will soon have a mentor teacher assigned to her.

Board members were also informed by VanVoorst that mortgage work on the building has been completed.

“We have wrapped up all of the paperwork and finalized the extension of the mortgage on the building,” reported VanVoorst. “(Board president) Donn Lemmer and I signed the papers last week and sent copies over to the business office. The loan extension is for another two and one-half years, which will amortize the loan at the same interest rate, and the same payment that we currently have.”

VanVoorst also informed the board that thanks to some generous donations from the community, school officials were able to purchase gifts for the students at Christmas.

“This year we were able to purchase metal water bottles that were imprinted with the CASMAN logo along with ear buds and various smaller items like candy and pencils,” she said.

Along the same lines, VanVoorst said that she joined dean of student services Henry VanGemert in preparing 15 backpacks with various supplies from personal hygiene products, food, books, pens, pencils and other supplies for students who qualify as being homeless. The packs were partly funded by the McKinney Vento Homeless Liasion Fund, as well as donations from CASMAN staff members.

“Many of these students are either moving from place to place, or staying with another family, or are in a shelter of some kind,” said VanVoorst.  “We shared the photographs with the McKenney Vento people, and they were very pleased to see the supplies going to areas of need within the school.

Other items to come before the board was a presentation by math teacher Bryan Morgan. He did a lesson with the board to show them how the calculators are used in the classroom.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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