The changing of the guard continued for Saline Area Schools at the board of education meeting Tuesday night, as two more administrative appointments were made official.
To begin, trustees voted unanimously to approve Kevin Musson as principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School.
Musson has been with the district for 18 years, spending the last five years as director of special education.
Superintendent Scot Graden said he is excited to see all the good things to come at Pleasant Ridge under Musson’s leadership, noting the diverse expertise he brings to the table.
“Mr. Musson has demonstrated that he is uniquely prepared to be the next Pleasant Ridge principal,” he said. “His time as the leader of our special education department has allowed him to gain valuable experience from each level of the district.”
Musson told those in attendance that he is very happy with the appointment.
“This is really an honor and I really appreciate you guys giving me this opportunity,” he said, citing optimism for his new post and also a bit of sadness about leaving his previous department. “I’m excited about this new chapter in my life. I truly am going to miss all the work with the special education students, there’s no question about it.”
On the subsequent action item, Laura Washington was also appointed unanimously as principal of Heritage Elementary School.
Washington has 14 years with the district, spending the last three in a dual role as assistant principal of Saline Middle School, as well as the English language learner program coordinator.
Graden said Washington's time as a middle school administrator will mean a lot in terms of helping prepare elementary students for the next level.
“This is an excellent fit for Mrs. Washington and Saline Area Schools,” he said. “She has a keen understanding of what Heritage students will be facing when they move on to Saline Middle School.”
Washington said she honored by the appointment.
“This is a great opportunity to see something different, and yet I think it’s going to be very similar as well,” she said. “I look forward to the opportunity at Heritage. I think they’ve got some really great things going, and so I want to be a part of that and definitely help it grow into its identity.”
Trustees also took time to congratulate special education nurse Karan Hervey, who was recently awarded a high honor by the Michigan Association of School Nurses for her work in the Saline district.
Musson spoke of Hervey’s humble sense of dedication to both students and colleagues.
“Karan is not one that enjoys public recognition, but we had the proud honor of going up to Mackinac Island, her and I, where she received the MASN Nurse of the Year award for 2016,” he said. “She has been one of the hardest working individuals inside of our staff in special education. We are truly, truly blessed as a district to have someone like this.”
Hervey accepted the honor with humility.
“I’m much more comfortable in the health room,” she said, with a laugh. “Thank you all so much, I appreciate it very much.”
In other action, trustees unanimously approved several bond-related expenses as well as other standard business items:
- The purchase of technology infrastructure and instructional technology from Lightspeed Systems for $18,550, Teoma Systems for $130,440, InaComp TSG for $3,816, Dell Inc. for $193,676, Apple Inc. for $213,992, SEHI Computers for $50,738 and VSC for $11,192.
- The purchase of furnishings for the elementary school through TCPN Cooperative from ROI for $58,337, Great Lakes Furniture for $1,694, School Specialty for $1,908, ROI not through TCPN for $21,900.
- The purchase of a transportation communications system from Herkimer Radio for $82,765.
- The purchase of used school buses, via general fund dollars, from Chelsea Public Schools for $45,000 and from Manchester Public Schools for $45,000. Each purchase involves three used school buses for a total of six to complement the four new buses busses being purchased with bond funds.
- Membership renewal for the MASB for $7,389.
- Membership renewal for the MHSAA for the 2016 to 2017 school year.