MAPS student safety committee to meet Monday

MANISTEE — The second meeting of the Manistee Area Public Schools Student Safety Advisory Committee is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday in the Manistee Middle/High School Media Center.

The public is invited to attend the second meeting on the bullying issue at the Manistee Area Public Schools at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Manistee Middle/High School library. The administrative team is hoping to put together a Student Safety Advisory Committee that evening. Shown is a picture of MAPS superintendent Ron Stoneman talking at the first meeting on March 12.

The public is invited to attend the second meeting on the bullying issue at the Manistee Area Public Schools at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Manistee Middle/High School library. The administrative team is hoping to put together a Student Safety Advisory Committee that evening. Shown is a picture of MAPS superintendent Ron Stoneman talking at the first meeting on March 12.

On March 12 a meeting was held at that location that was attended by about 100 concerned parents and citizens to discuss bullying and school safety along with a wide variety of other issues at MAPS.

At that time it was announced that further meetings would be held and an Administrative Student Safety Advisory Committee would be created with a cross section of school officials and community members. That group will be an administrative committee and will be tasked with hearing public concerns and reporting recommendations for fixing them. The administration will then report back to the board on what transpires in those meetings.

Board president Dr. Paul Antal told those in attendance on March 12 that he felt creating such a committee was a step in the right direction for the district.

“These are positive suggestions we have heard tonight and that is what we need,” he said. “All of the board members and administrators are here tonight and have heard you. We are going to look into what we can do what we can’t do.”

Superintendent Ron Stoneman said that night that the committee will be a standing committee. Members of that group will meet very often in the beginning to address the current issues and then evolve into committee that would meet more on a quarterly basis.

“It would give the MAPS Board of Education and administration the chance to make sure that each building would be a safe one,” said Stoneman.

The Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education took action at its March 15 meeting to name the first two members of that committee — board of education members Shelley Johnson and Daniela Thomas were named as the two members to that committee with board member Jim Thompson was selected as the alternate.

Stoneman said on Thursday afternoon that Monday’s meeting is open to the general public and one of the focus issues will be to name other members of the committee. He said outside of the two board members no one has been named to that committee at this time.

“The committee has not been put together yet, but this will be an opportunity for the community to again share or to come and see what we are going to be doing,” said Stoneman. “Our hope is to bring the members of that committee back to the board for our Wednesday (April 11) board meeting.”

Wednesday’s full board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Madison Elementary School gymnasium.

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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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