MP School Board Met Monday

Written by Theresa Rose on September 14, 2016

The Mt. Pleasant Community School District Board of Directors met last night and met with some criticism during the citizen comment section.  Lonnie Morrow who was a past board member, addressed the board about what he termed wasteful spending that was associated with unnecessary personnel buyouts.

He was referring to buying out the contracts of interim superintendent Linda Brock and elementary principal Jane Raegen.  Answering for the board was board president Dave McCoid who said he felt those moves were needed and justified to get the district and board on the right track.  Also speaking in support of the board was citizen Todd Batey.  Principal Todd Liechty reported to the board about last years A.C.T. scores that were some of the best in the last 26 years, also the number of students taking the test was higher than it has been for a long time.  Superintendent Henriksen  gave a report on the progress of the air conditioning the elementary schools project.  Two engineering firms have already assessed the project and one more will be asked to give an opinion and a feasibility study may be asked for before any action is taken.  It appears the cost of the project will be at least $4 million and will not be done in one summer.  Henriksen then discussed the director district two seat that is held by MeLinda Huisinga.

He discussed the options on his weekly radio show….NEW15 The board also approved the teacher quality committee made up of 5 educators and 5 administrators.  The regular meeting then adjourned and the organizational meeting began.  Dave  McCoid was re-elected as board president, Carl Braun vice president and  Ed Chabal as board secretary-treasurer.  They also approved their meeting schedule and location, they will meet once a month on the 2nd Monday for a board meeting and then the 4th Monday they will hold a work session with 6 p.m. the start time for both in the high school media center.  Board committee assignments will remain the same as they were last year.