Antal to continue to lead MAPS board

MANISTEE — The Manistee Area Public Schools board of Education held its organizational meeting this week.

Honored this week for School Board Appreciation Month were members of the Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education. Shown in the front row (left to right) are MAPS superintendent Ron Stoneman, Dr. Paul Antal, Paul Wehrmeister, Dale Sparks and Jim Thompson. Back row (left to right) are Theresa Anderson, Shelley Johnson and Daniela Thomas. (Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

For the third straight year Dr. Paul Antal has served as the board of education president in Manistee County’s second largest school system. A unanimous vote of the board also kept the remaining slate of officers in place with Paul Wehrmeister (vice president), Shelley Johnson (secretary) and Jim Thompson (treasurer) taking those positions.

A ceremonial swearing in also took place at the meeting with Antal, Wehrmeister and Theresa Anderson all being sworn in by MAPS superintendent administrative assistant Nancy Day. All three had previously received the offiicial oath of office for the start of a new six-year term that they were elected to back in November.

Each year board members are assigned a school building in the MAPS district that they represent as a member of the board. Antal suggested the board think about what school they wanted to be assigned and to get back with him, so they could create a list.

“Every January, we have a board representative assigned to Kennedy, Jefferson, Madison, Manistee Middle/High School and the bus garage,” said Antal. “What I would encourage each board member to do in the next week is to let us know where you would like to try out first. I would like to encourage us as well to work around the district, so consider picking a different one than what you had last year.”

Board members also took care of some other organizational business when they set the regular board meetings for 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Kennedy Elementary School. There are a few exceptions to that due to schedule conflicts. They also agreed to having board work sessions at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education members who were elected to a new six-year term in November take the oath of office at the board meeting. Shown (left to right) are Paul Wehrmeister, Dr. Paul Antal and Theresa Anderson.

Every January school boards across Michigan are recognized by their districts and the Michigan Association of School Boards as part of School Board Recognition Month. Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, board members were treated to a small reception in the Commons Area of the Manistee Middle/High School to honor them for their service to the district.

Superintendent Ron Stoneman praised the board members for all that they do to help the district. He recognized Antal, Wehrmeister, Thompson, Johnson, Anderson, Dale Sparks and Daniela Thomas with certificates of appreciation.

“I can’t tell you how much that myself, the school district and students appreciate the work, dedication and focus you do on their behalf in running the district,” said Stoneman. “We just just really appreciate you functioning at a high level and your association with each other is really strong and it leads to a very productive environment for us.”

Stoneman said board members put in a lot of time without compensation as board members.

“You come back year after year and having that longevity and consistency is really important on this board to have that historical perspective and bring forward  long term goals and plans and to see them through,” said Stoneman. “You take your jobs seriously.”

Stoneman also honored student board representatives Mathew Blevins and Lily Sandstedt with certificates. Their role with the board is to keep them informed on what is taking place with the students and to bring any issues or concerns to them.

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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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